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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add iSCSI support for QEMU

From: Ronnie Sahlberg
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add iSCSI support for QEMU
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:23:29 +1000


Please find a patch that adds built-in iSCSI support to QEMU when built and 
linked against the multiplatform iscsi initiator library at  

All previous comments and suggestions have been addressed in this patch.

I and others have done extensive testing and used this patch extensively over 
the last ~6 months with great result.

In some situations, using a built-in iscsi inititator has benefits against 
mounting the LUNs on the host.

* Privacy: The iSCSI LUNs are private to the guest and are not visible either 
to the host, nor to any processes running on the host.
* Ease of managment : If you have very many guests and very many, thousands of, 
iSCSI LUNs. It is inconvenient to have to expose all LUNs to the underlying 
* No root requirement. Since the iSCSI LUNs are not mounted as devices on the 
host, ordinary users can set up and use iSCSI resources without the need for 
root privilege on the host to map the devices to local scsi devices.

Please merge this patch to master or explain how I should change the patch so 
that it becomes acceptable for inclusion into QEMU.

ronnie sahlberg

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