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Old 27th March 2010
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Default iscsi backups

I have an iscsi target setup on my freebsd server and conected to via a xp pc which formatted the device ntfs.

file iscsi-target-pc
iscsi-target-pc: x86 boot sector, Microsoft Windows XP MBR, Serial 0xcdd62736; partition 1: ID=0x7, starthead 1, startsector 63, 51183027 sectors, code offset
I was wondering the best option to back it up. When the file is not in use at night I assume I can just rsync,tar or what ever the file to a safe location ?

Also is it possible to mount it locally just to view the contents with out using the iSCSI Initiator. I keep thinking of it as an iso,hdd type file that I can just

mount_ntfs /usr/server-shares/iscsi-targets/iscsi-target-pc /mnt/test
which does not work. I am just trying to get a better understanding of it
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Old 29th March 2010
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AFAIK, you cannot access the iSCSI target directly. However, you can use an iSCSI initiator on the FreeBSD box to mount it via iSCSI over the loopback connector.

If you used a file as the backing store for the target, then you can copy that file around as a backup. Just be sure that the Windows machine is not running while you do so. Preferably, stop the iscsi target process as well.

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