Buffalo LinkStation Mini as an iSCSI target for VMware ESXi

I own a Buffalo LinkStation Mini that does nothing now that the Synology DS409slim owns my files. Because the LS Mini has two 500GB disks, I thought it might do a nice iSCSI target for my ESXi. The thing is: the stock firmware doesn’t offer iSCSI feature.

This is how I turned my LinkStation Mini into a iSCSI target for VMware, using Debian 6.

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Providing a Nexenta iSCSI target to a Windows Server 2008 initiator

Last time, I had a look at storing stuff on Nexenta using VMware ESXi and iSCSI. This time, I’m gonna try the same thing but Windows Server 2008 as the iSCSI client, aka initiator. Should this matter, the Windows Server is 2008R2 SP1, 64-bit, Standard Edition.
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Providing a Nexenta iSCSI target to an ESXi initiator

Here’s the deal: create a ZFS volume on the Nexenta server, share it as iSCSI and attach it using the software iSCSI initiator from ESXi 5.
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