iSCSI targets do not automatically re-connect after reboot ONLY when CHAP authentication is used
Posted on 2013-01-23
I have a Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 box and 2008 R2 Enterprise. I created my iSCSI targets on the WSS + added a virtual disk to ea iSCSI target. On the 2008 R2 Ent (initiator) server, when adding the WSS into the Discovery Target side, if i attempt to specify CHAP settings, it adds, but fails "Authentication Failure". It then populates the available targets, but i have to manually enter in the CHAP settings on each iSCSI target to be able to connect them the 2008 R2 Ent server - not a biggie, i can live with that (would rather not though). The problem is when the initiating server (2008 R2 Ent.) reboots, the targets dont automatically re-connect (but are still listed as available targets). I then have to go in and enter in the CHAP settings again. If i disable CHAP all together, everything populates, connects, and re-connects upon reboot. I need to be able to use CHAP for all iSCSI targets, and have them reconnect after every reboot without assistance (again, without using CHAP, this happens flawlessly).
FYI - Both servers are up-to-date as of 1/22/13 with Windows updates
Thanks in advance.