How to use iSCSI Targets on Mac Computers
SAN - Storage Area Network is an effective solution for enterprise to overcome their challenges in dealing with more complex projects of which ever expanding file sizes in recent year. Due to the fact that SAN is considerably higher entry-costs in compare with majority networking storage protocols, small business industries are tending towards iSCSI – Internet Small Computer System Interface as an alternative way to leverage with limited computer equipment and lower entry-costs when implementing SAN into their business environment. With benefit of iSCSI, Mac OS X users are numerously adopting the thinking in practice.
The following article will guide you to use Synology NAS for iSCSI solution onto a Mac-based computer.
- Before You Start
- Mount iSCSI Targets on Macs
- Format the iSCSI Targets for use on Macs
- Dismount iSCSI Targets on Mac Computers
- Hardware installation for Synology DiskStation
- Software installation for Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM, web-based operating system of DiskStation).
- Set up a volume. (See here)
- Set up iSCSI Targets. (see here)
For best reliability of accessing Virtual Storage, it's best to eject the iSCSI Target prior to having either the Mac Computer going to sleep, or having the DiskStation hibernate the hard drives. Alternatively, the power management of DiskStation and the Mac computer can be disabled to avoid ejecting the iSCSI Target.
Use GlobalSAN to mount iSCSI Target:
- Open the GlobalSAN from System Preference.
- Click the lock to make changes.
- Click on the + icon
- Select Portal/Group.
- Add the IP Address or DNS name of the DiskStation.
- Click on Add.
- Click on the + icon.
- Click on Target.
- Select the iSCSI Target to be used.
- Click on Connect.
- Click on Authentication.
- Click on Challenge Handshake Authentication (CHAP).
- Fill out both user and target authentications
- Click OK
After a iSCSI Target has been mounted on a Mac computer, it will have to be formatted before it can be used. A prompt will be displayed to initialize the newly installed hard drive.
- Click on Initialize to proceed.
- Proceed with hard drive partitioning:
- Select the new iSCSI Virtual Disk.
- Click on Partition.
- Select a Volume Scheme.
- Enter a Name for the Volume.
- Click Apply.
- Click on Partition.
This will guide administrators to safely dismount or eject iSCSI Targets from Mac Computers. Save and close all applications, open documents, etc, which are associated or have used the iSCSI Target beforehand.
- Eject the iSCSI Target from the Desktop or from Finder.
- Open the GlobalSAN from System Preferences, and click on Targets
- Click on the arrow icon.
- Select the iSCSI Target to be dismounted.
- Click on Disconnect.