Microsoft last week released its iSCSI Software Initiator Version 1.0 for Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Professional.
The driver supports the following operating systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows XP 64-bit.
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The Internet Engineering Task Force in February approved the iSCSI specification. The standard is expected to expand the use of storage area networking by mid- and small-sized businesses. The protocol sends native SCSI commands over TCP/IP, allowing the sharing of storage over IP networks. Instead of costly Fibre Channel systems, customers can connect to SANs with inexpensive Gigabit Ethernet networks.
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