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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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8.3. Practical Implications

The IT administrators and procurement officials should note that Microsoft intends to have native support for iSCSI in the post-Windows Server 2003 time frame. Hence, any iSCSI solutions they procure before then will need to be designed wholly by the vendor, and how these solutions interact with the native Windows iSCSI support, once it is indeed available, is something only time will tell.

Vendors interested in developing an iSCSI solution for the Windows platform are in for an interesting time. There is still some confusion here, and very often opportunities await where there is confusion. Vendors should contact Microsoft at iscsi@microsoft.com to participate in the iSCSI development process that is still evolving. ...

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