globalSAN iSCSI Initiator FAQ


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Yes. You will need one license of the globalSAN iSCSI Initiator for each Mac that you want to connect to your SAN.
Yes. The Initiator license is separate from the Xtarget license. A HASP/USB key must be ordered separately to fully license the Xtarget storage server.
If the initiator is used with SNS iSCSI products, such as EVO or SANmp, technical support plans with phone assistance are offered along with the SAN product. Otherwise, if you need technical support please read the user guide and make use of our online forum or send an email to our support team.
The documentation for globalSAN v.5 and higher is installed into /Applications/globalSAN/

For versions prior to v.5, the documentation for the globalSAN iSCSI initiator for Mac OS X is located in the chapter titled “Using the globalSAN iSCSI Initiator” in the SANmp User’s Guide.

A 14-day limited trial is available for the initiator and Xtarget. During the initiator’s trial period, only one connection may be established at a time and persistent connections can’t be set. (An expired trial can be renewed when a new build is released.)
Yes. Our SANmp sharing software enables multiple OS X and Windows computers to share a common pool of iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage. If you just need to share a common pool of iSCSI storage we recommend iSANmp, which is identical to SANmp, but enables iSCSI-only (no Fibre Channel) sharing.

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Xtarget is an iSCSI storage server installed with globalSAN v.5.

Xtarget allows your Mac to act as an iSCSI target. For example, you can turn FireWire, USB, eSATA, and other drives into SAN storage by using your Mac to act as the storage server. A timed trial of Xtarget is available. (To safely share Xtarget’s storage with multiple computers, you must use SANmp/iSANmp or Xsan.)

The Initiator license is separate from the Xtarget license. A HASP/USB key must be ordered separately to fully license the Xtarget storage server.

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If you need assistance, please read the installed User Guide (in your Applications folder) and visit our globalSAN iSCSI Initiator and Xtarget for OS X discussion forum.

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A permanent key for a fully licensed initiator can be purchased online for $89 per computer.
If you’d like to verify that you’re using the latest release of SNS software, please click the “Check for Updates” button in the globalSAN preference pane. You may also visit our Product Discussion Forums, where you will find a current software version listing as well as technical articles and product discussions.
When we release a new version of software we will announce it via the Product Announcements forum. We highly recommend registering and subscribing to the Product Announcements forum so that you can be notified of product updates automatically via email.
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We will continue to develop the globalSAN iSCSI initiator for OS X and we are open to suggestions for improvement in our public forum. New versions will be announced in our forum as well, so if you want to be notified about updates, please subscribe to automatic notifications in the SNS Product Announcements forum or follow us on Twitter.