What is the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator (MSiSCSI) service?

An explanation of the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) in Windows 7.

What does the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) do?

The Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) is responsible for accessing iSCSI devices. A very simple example of an iSCSI device would be a hard drive that is directly access over a network by a computer. These types of devices are usually used in hi-end server configurations.

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) details

  • Service name: MSiSCSI
  • Description: Manages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) sessions from this computer to remote iSCSI target devices. If this service is stopped, this computer will not be able to login or access iSCSI targets. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI)?

Your computer doesn’t need the MSiSCSI service to run.

Should I disable the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI)?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the MSiSCSI service alone. If it is set to start and you disable it, some storage resources will not be available.

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