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Release Notes for Cisco iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 2.1.2
April 30, 2002
Note You can find the most current documentation on Cisco.com. This set of electronic documents may contain updates and modifications made after the hard-copy documents were printed.
These release notes support Cisco iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 version 2.1.2.
For a list of software caveats that apply to version 2.1.2, see the "Caveats" section. The caveats are updated for every maintenance version and are located on Cisco.com and the Documentation CD-ROM.
These Release Notes describe the following topics:
The iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 provides an IP host with the ability to access storage through an IP network. The iSCSI driver uses iSCSI protocol to transport SCSI requests and responses over an IP network between the host and a Cisco SN 5400 Series system.
Architecturally, the iSCSI driver combines with the host TCP/IP stack, network drivers, and NICs to provide the same functions as a SCSI adapter driver with a host bus adapter (HBA).
The iSCSI driver provides a transport for SCSI requests and responses for storage devices; however, instead of providing a transport for directly attached devices, the driver transports the SCSI requests and responses between the IP host and a Cisco SN 5400 Series system via an IP network. The SN 5400 Series system, in turn, transports SCSI requests and responses between it and the storage devices attached to it.
Once the iSCSI driver is installed, the IP host will proceed with a discovery process for iSCSI storage devices as follows:
Step 1 The iSCSI driver requests available iSCSI targets from the SN 5400 Series system
Step 2 The SN 5400 series system sends available iSCSI target names to the IP host.
Step 3 The IP host logs into the iSCSI targets.
Step 4 The SN 5400 series system accepts the IP host login and sends target identifiers.
Step 5 The IP host queries targets for device information.
Step 6 Targets respond with device information.
Step 7 The IP host creates a table of internal devices.
The iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 provides IP access to a maximum of eight remote SCSI targets, with each target capable of supporting 255 LUNs. Remote SCSI targets can be accessed through one or more SN 5400 Series systems up to a maximum of eight SN 5400 Series systems.
Note The iSCSI protocol is an IETF-defined protocol for IP storage (ips). For more information about the iSCSI protocol, refer to the IETF standards for IP storage at http://www.ietf.org.
This section describes the system requirements for version 2.1.2 and includes the following information:
Operating System Requirements
•The iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 requires Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional or Server with service pack 2 or later. If service pack 2 is installed, the following hotfixes are required:
–Microsoft hotfix Q302895 or Q248720
–Microsoft hotfix Q318271
These fixes do not appear on the Microsoft hotfix website; you must specifically request them. These fixes will eventually be bundled into Microsoft Windows 2000 service pack 3.
Note If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional or Server with service pack 1, you must upgrade to service pack 2 and apply either Microsoft hotfix Q302895 or Q248720, and Microsoft hotfix Q318271.
To obtain the hotfixes, call Microsoft customer support at 1-800-936-4900 (or any Microsoft customer support phone number) and request the hotfix for Knowledge Base (KB) article Q302895 or Q248720, and article Q318271. You will be asked to supply an e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail message with a link to an FTP site where you can download the hotfixes. The e-mail message will also contain a password that you will be prompted to enter when you open the hotfix files.
For additional information about the hotfixes, access the Microsoft website at http://www.microsoft.com and follow the support link to view KB article Q302895, Q248720 and Q318271.
•If the iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 is running on a Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server Cluster node, Microsoft hotfix Q307939 is required. This fix does not appear on the Microsoft hotfix website; you must specifically request it.
To obtain the hotfix, call Microsoft customer support at 1-800-936-4900 (or any Microsoft customer support phone number) and request the hotfix for KB article Q307939. You will be asked to supply an e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail message with a link to an FTP site where you can download the hotfix. The e-mail message will also contain a password that you will be prompted to enter when you open the hotfix files.
For additional information about the hotfix, access the Microsoft website at http://www.microsoft.com and follow the support link to view KB article Q307939.
•The iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 supports multiple processors, and may be run on up to four multiprocessors.
•To ensure the best performance for iSCSI drivers, the extended windowing feature of TCP should be enabled on all IP hosts connecting to the SN 5400 Series system. In general, a larger window size enhances SN 5400 Series system performance.
•The receive and transmit flow control feature of the Gigabit Ethernet driver should be enabled on all IP hosts connecting to the SN 5400 Series system.
•If you are using a 3Com Gigabit Ethernet Server network interface card, the minimum supported revision level is "B" (3C985B-SX). Using a card with a lower revision level will decrease performance.
SN 5400 Series System Software Requirements
The iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 version 2.1.2 can connect to a Cisco SN 5400 Series system running software release 2.1.1 or later; this driver cannot connect to a Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router running software release 1.1.x.
Obtaining the iSCSI Driver and Updated SN 5400 Series System Software
From time to time, Cisco releases updated versions of SN 5400 Series system software and iSCSI drivers. Updated versions of SN 5400 Series system software and the Cisco Storage Networking iSCSI drivers, accompanying readme files, release notes and example configuration file are available for download.
If you are a registered Cisco.com user, you can download SN 5400 Series system software and iSCSI drivers. If you are a non-registered Cisco.com user, you can download only iSCSI drivers.
You can access software by following these instructions:
Step 2 At the Software Center web page, under Software Products & Downloads, click Storage Networking Software.
Step 3 At the Storage Networking Software web page, click the appropriate link for your software.
Step 4 At the software download web page, click the file that you want to download. Another software download web page will be displayed. Follow the instructions on that and any subsequent web pages to download the software.
Step 5 To install and configure SN 5400 Series system software, see the appropriate SN 5400 Series system software configuration guide and release notes. To install and configure an iSCSI driver, see the readme file that accompanies the iSCSI driver (in the downloaded driver archive file) and the appropriate release notes.
Determining the iSCSI Driver Version
To determine the version of the iSCSI driver software installed on the IP host, open Control Panel and double-click the iSCSI Config icon. The lower left corner of the dialog box shows the version number of the iSCSI Config program and the title bar shows the operating system it is intended for. Click Status to show the version information of the iSCSI driver on the top line.
You can also verify version information by checking the file versions of these files:
Follow these steps:
Step 1 Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the c:\winnt\system32\drivers directory.
Step 2 Right-click the file iscsi.sys and then click Properties from the shortcut menu. The Properties dialog box displays.
Step 3 Click the Version tab, and check the File version.
Step 4 Navigate to the c:\winnt\system32\ directory.
Step 5 Right-click the file iscsicfg.cpl and then click Properties from the shortcut menu. The Properties dialog box displays.
Step 6 Click the Version tab, and check the File version. The file version information should be the same in both files.
Upgrading to a New Version
To upgrade to a new version of iSCSI driver software, follow these instructions:
Step 1 Logon to the IP host as a user with Administrator privileges.
Step 2 Run the setup.exe executable for the new iSCSI driver to start the installation program.
Step 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade the iSCSI driver software.
Uninstalling iSCSI Driver Software
To uninstall iSCSI driver software, follow these instructions:
Step 1 Logon to the IP host as a user with Administrator privileges.
Step 2 Run the setup.exe executable for the currently installed iSCSI driver to start the installation program.
Step 3 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the iSCSI driver software.
Caveats describe unexpected behavior or defects in iSCSI software versions. Severity 1 caveats are the most serious caveats; severity 2 caveats are less serious.
•The "Open Caveats" section describes open severity 1 and 2 caveats that apply to the current version and may apply to previous versions.
•The "Resolved Caveats" section describes severity 1 and 2 caveats resolved in this version, but open in previous versions.
Within the sections, the caveats are sorted alphanumerically by caveat number.
Note If you have an account with Cisco.com, you can use Bug Navigator II to find caveats of any severity for any version. You can reach Bug Navigator II on Cisco.com at Service & Support: http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/Support/Bugtool/launch_bugtool.pl.
There are no open severity 1 or 2 caveats for the iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 version 2.1.2.
During the rapid transmission of data, Microsoft Windows 2000 may generate a bugcheck in the Tcpip.sys file.
Workaround: None. This problem was resolved by the release of Microsoft hotfix Q318271. This hotfix is required. See the "Operating System Requirements" section for additional information.
The following sections describe the related documentation available for the iSCSI Driver for Windows 2000 version 2.1.2 and the Cisco SN 5400 Series systems. These documents consist of the iSCSI driver release notes, readme and example configuration files, and the SN 5400 Series system hardware installation and software configuration guides.
The SN 5400 Series system hardware installation and software configuration documentation sets are available as printed manuals or electronic documents. The iSCSI driver readme file and example configuration file are available in electronic format, as part of the software download package. See the "Obtaining the iSCSI Driver and Updated SN 5400 Series System Software" section for details.
This Release Notes document is the only document specific to iSCSI Driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 version 2.1.2. It is located on Cisco.com and the Documentation CD-ROM.
Each release of SN 5400 Series system software includes an associated Release Notes document, which is also available as an electronic document on Cisco.com and the Documentation CD-ROM.
Refer to the appropriate SN 5400 Series system hardware installation guide for hardware installation procedures. The Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router Hardware Installation Guide provides hardware installation procedures for SN 5420 Storage Routers. The Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router Hardware Installation Guide provides hardware installation procedures for SN 5428 Storage Routers. These documents are available as printed manuals. They are also available as electronic documents on Cisco.com and the Documentation CD-ROM.
Refer to the appropriate SN 5400 Series system software configuration guide for software configuration information. The Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router Software Configuration Guide Release 2.1 provides configuration information for SN 5420 Storage Routers. The Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router Software Configuration Guide Release 2.2 provides configuration information for SN 5428 Storage Routers. These documents are available as printed manuals. They are also available as electronic documents on Cisco.com and the Documentation CD-ROM.
For documentation on the SN 5400 Series system web-based GUI, refer to the SN 5400 Series system web-based GUI online Help system.
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Software Configuration Tips on the Cisco TAC Home Page
A variety of Cisco SN 5400 Series system software and iSCSI driver installation, configuration and usage tips are available on the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Web Site.
For example, you can access Cisco SN 5420 "tech tips" by following these instructions:
Step 2 At the Cisco Routers web page, under Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router Software, click Product Support.
Step 3 At the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router Product Support web page, click the appropriate links for additional information about installing and configuring SN 5400 Series system software and iSCSI drivers.
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