You use the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator service to connect to an Internet SCSI (iSCSI) disk device. The file shares that you create for folders that are located on your iSCSI device may not be re-created when you restart the computer that the shares are created on.
This issue may occur when the iSCSI Initiator service is not initialized when the Server service initializes. The Server service creates file shares. However, because iSCSI disk devices are not available, the Server service cannot create file shares for iSCSI devices until the iSCSI service is initialized.
iSCSI Initiator 2.x
To resolve this issue in iSCSI Initiator 2.x, follow these steps on the affected server:
Make the Server service dependent on the iSCSI Initiator service. For information about how to do this, see the "Make the Server service dependent on the iSCSI Initiator service" section.
Configure persistent logons to the target. To do this, use one of the following methods.
Note If you see the target on the Persistent Target tab, the following steps are not required.
Method 1: Use the iSCSI Initiator in Control Panel
In Control Panel, double-click iSCSI Initiator.
Click the Targets tab.
Click a target in the Select a target list, and then click Log On.
Click to select the Automatically restore this connection when the system boots check box, and then click OK.
Method 2: Use the Command Prompt window
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
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Start Registry Editor.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
Type DependOnService in the Value Name box, click REG_MULTI_SZ in the Data Type box, and then press ENTER.
In the Multi-String Editor window, type MSiSCSI in the data box, and then click OK.
Exit Registry Editor.
You can script the procedures that are described in the "Resolution" section by using the Sc.exe and Iscsicli.exe utilities. To do this, create a batch file that uses these commands, and then either run the batch file directly, or run the batch file in another way. For example, run the batch file by using Group Policy.
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To script the whole operation that is described in the "Resolution" section, create a batch file that contains the following text:
The issue could also happen to non-iscsi storage if server service is started before the storage has been initialized. In that case, we can use the below workaround, assuming G is the drive letter we want to monitor:
Save the script as a *.bat file. :Start dir G: /AH if %errorlevel% equ 0 goto :OK ping 127.0.0.1 /n 5 goto :Start :OK net stop browser net stop netlogon net stop dfs net stop lanmanserver /y net start lanmanserver net start dfs net start netlogon net start browser
We can add the bat file to “Start Script”: a) Put the batch file into %systemroot%\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine\Scripts\Startup b) Run “gpedit” to open local computer policy c) Add the batch file into the startup script.
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