Mounting iSCSI volumes in Windows Server 2012

Maybe I am mis-remembering, or maybe not, but I was mounting iSCSI volumes created on a storage appliance today and was baffled a bit.  This should be easy right?  Configured storage, password/authentication go to the iSCSI initiator in Windows and add the IP address of the storage device.

So far, all was working as I thought it should, the two iSCSI volumes showed up, entered the CHAP password that was configured and connected….but no drives showed up – hmmmm.  As it turns out in Server 2012 I have to bring the drives online.  Maybe I am so used to doing this in ESXi that I just forgot but pretty sure I did not have to do this in 2008 or 2003.  Once you see your drives connected in the Microsoft iSCSI initiator go to Server Manager >> File and Storage >> Disks.  You should see your volumes here with a status of “offline.”

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Simply right click, select Bring Online and accept the warning about other servers (of course if other servers are connected it may be worth while to heed that warning!).

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