Provision SAN storage for Windows servers

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Create LUNs to provide storage for a Windows server using the FC or iSCSI SAN protocol. LUNs appear as disks to the Windows host.

This procedure creates new LUNs on an existing storage VM. Your FC or iSCSI protocol should already be set up.

workflow diagram of provisioning SAN storage for Windows server

  1. On your Windows server, install Data ONTAP DSM for Windows MPIO.

  2. In ONTAP System Manager, click Storage > LUNs, and then click Add.

    If you need to create a new initiator group, click More Options.

  3. For FC, zone your FC switches by WWPN. Use one zone per initiator and include all target ports in each zone.

  4. On your Windows server, discover the new LUN.

  5. Initialize the LUN and optionally format it with a file system.

  6. Verify the Windows server can write and read data on the LUN.