Windows Server 2003 iSCSI initiator


We patched our exchange 2003 sever and after the reboot we could no longer see one of our stores on our SAN. In Disk Management the Disk is showing Offline, yet the tagets in iSCSI 2.08 app are showing connected. We do not have the option "automatically restore this connection when the system boots" set could this be the problem(I did not set this up). The network is fine. Any ideas.


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Yes, you should set Automatically restore the connection. I have seen Windows 2003 occasionally not connect to iSCSI volumes in time before the rest of the services boot. It seems to be more of a problem with servers that are more heavily loaded and have more iSCSI volumes. Windows 2008 has less of a problem. I manually made the Server Service dependent on the iSCSI service and that helped some.  
justicehelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks Kevinhsieh, have you made the Server Service dependancy within a exchange server will it cause any problems?
justicehelpAuthor Commented:
It would appear the individual who set this up used a dynamic disk with the iSCSI initiator 2.0X, this is my problem, my question is if I reactivate it, will this cause any data loss?

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You can reactivate and bring services back online. You should use Exchange managment to copy all of your dynamic volumes to new basic volumes. Microsoft doesn't support the use of dynamic volumes with iSCSI connections, primarily because timing issues can cause problems with the volumes coming online.

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I have made service dependencies for Exchange and file servers no problem.
justicehelpAuthor Commented:
thanks for all your help
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