VirtualBox How To Add iSCSI Storage using VBoxManage

#to show all
VBoxManage list vms

#show ONLY running vms

VBoxManage list runningvms

VBoxManage storageattach test --storagectl "SATA" --port 0 --device 0 --type hdd --medium iscsi --server --target "" --initiator "" --tport 3260 --lun 1
iSCSI disk created. UUID: 3bbdd942-f3b0-4bc9-8f22-b0118f6f11ec

--server = the IP address of the iSCSI target server

--target = the target on the iSCSI srever

--initiator = your initiator name (eg. the equivalent of /etc/iscsi/initiator.iscsi)

--lun 1 (or whatever LUN number


If the disk creates successfully but VBox says it is inacessible it means you have probably specified something wrong in the flags above.  Eg. a typo in your target, initiator, forgetting your LUN

UUID Already Exists

VBoxManage storageattach test --storagectl "SATA" --port 0 --device 0 --type hdd --medium iscsi --server --target ""
VBoxManage: error: Cannot register the hard disk '|' {16b201f8-da53-499c-86ec-753a8b940e58} because a hard disk '|' with UUID {8cd2dd6e-9b69-488c-81f6-22fa96da0a2f} already exists
VBoxManage: error: Details: code NS_ERROR_INVALID_ARG (0x80070057), component VirtualBoxWrap, interface IVirtualBox, callee nsISupports
VBoxManage: error: Context: "CreateMedium(Bstr("iSCSI").raw(), bstrISCSIMedium.raw(), AccessMode_ReadWrite, DeviceType_HardDisk, pMedium2Mount.asOutParam())" at line 608 of file VBoxManageStorageController.cpp

#list all hdds


vboxmanage list hdds

UUID:           8cd2dd6e-9b69-488c-81f6-22fa96da0a2f
Parent UUID:    base
State:          inaccessible
Type:           normal (base)
Storage format: iSCSI
Capacity:       0 MBytes
Encryption:     disabled

#let's delete it

vboxmanage closemedium disk 8cd2dd6e-9b69-488c-81f6-22fa96da0a2f --delete

#uh oh iSCSI disks can't be deleted this way

vboxmanage closemedium disk 8cd2dd6e-9b69-488c-81f6-22fa96da0a2f --delete
VBoxManage: error: Medium format 'iSCSI' does not support storage deletion
VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_NOT_SUPPORTED (0x80bb0009), component MediumWrap, interface IMedium, callee nsISupports
VBoxManage: error: Context: "DeleteStorage(pProgress.asOutParam())" at line 1603 of file VBoxManageDisk.cpp
VBoxManage: error: Failed to delete medium. Error code Unknown Status -2135228407 (0x80bb0009)

Sometimes just using closemedium before works:

vboxmanage closemedium disk 8cd2dd6e-9b69-488c-81f6-22fa96da0a2f

Either way after the above you should be able to retry to connect your iSCSI disk


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