Create iSCSI initiator

The create iscsiInitiator command creates a new iSCSI initiator object.

Supported Arrays

This command applies to any individual storage array, including the E2700, E5600, E2800, E5700, EF600 and EF300 arrays, as long as all SMcli packages are installed.


To execute this command on an E2800, E5700, EF600, or EF300 storage array, you must have the Storage Admin role.

Important: This command is deprecated and is replaced by the Create initiator command.


create iscsiInitiator iscsiName="iscsiID" 


Parameters Description
iscsiName The default identifier of the iSCSI initiator. Enclose the identifier in double quotation marks (" ").
userLabel The name that you want to use for the iSCSI initiator. Enclose the name in double quotation marks (" ").
host The name of the host in which the iSCSI initiator is installed. Enclose the name in double quotation marks (" ").
chapSecret The security key that you want to use to authenticate a peer connection. Enclose the security key in double quotation marks (" ").


Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) is a protocol that authenticates the peer of a connection. CHAP is based upon the peers sharing a secret. A secret is a security key that is similar to a password.

Use the chapSecret parameter to set up the security keys for initiators that require a mutual authentication.

Minimum firmware level


8.41 This command is deprecated.