In the iSCSI Fabrics node of the Storage Explorer console tree, you can view the information that is provided by each Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) server in your iSCSI fabrics. You can also create and manage Discovery Domains and Discovery Domain Sets to better allocate iSCSI storage resources.


This feature enables you to perform a select subset of the tasks that relate to iSCSI and iSNS configuration and administration. You can also perform these and other tasks using the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator, which is included in Windows Server 2008 or later, and Microsoft iSNS Server, which you can install from Server Manager. Additionally, vendors of networking and storage solutions provide similar tools to perform iSCSI and iSNS configuration and administration tasks. For more information about iSCSI, see


Discovery of iSCSI nodes is achieved by querying iSNS servers in your storage area network (SAN). If there are no iSNS servers in your SAN, or if the iSCSI initiators and targets have not been configured to use an iSNS server for discovery, you will not be able to see your iSCSI fabrics using Storage Explorer. For more information, see Add an iSNS Server to the Fabric.


To view and manage your iSCSI fabric, you must enable the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) exception on every server running Windows Server 2008 or later that is part of your fabric. Enable this exception by using Windows Firewall from Control Panel. For more information, see

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