How to use MOBOTIX NAS as recording target via iSCSI

If you want to use a MOBOTIX NAS as recording target for your MOBOTIX HUB System you have to follow this steps.


What are the advantages of ISCSI for video recording?

A simple share connection (NAS) offers Windows a file and folder level access (SMB) and iSCSI offers a more performant direct access to the data blocks which provides a higher data throughput due to lower protocol overhead. This so-called SAN technology is preferable to a classic SMB connection for larger installations (significantly larger than 50 cameras).

Which MOBOTIX NAS models support ISCSI?
All MOBOTIX NAS models support this technology, the MOBOTIX NAS 8 Bay also offers the necessary 10 GB interface to fully utilize this technology.


This manual describes the Recording via iSCSI


Environment for this manual

  1. MOBOTIX HUB 2021R2 L5
  2. MOBOTIX NAS 4-Bay (Mx-S-NAS4A-16)(FW: 4.3.4.1862)
    -1x SSD-Cache
    -3x 4TB WD-Purple
    -2x 1Gbit Ethernet
  3. Windows 11 Pro

The following steps must be performed here

1. Create an iSCSI storage on the MOBOTIX NAS

2. Connect your Windows PC with the iSCSI Storage

3. Create a new Disk for your iSCSI Connection

4. Select the iSCSI Disk as recording target in MOBOTIX HUB ManagementClient




1. Create an iSCSI Storage on MOBOTIX NAS

Login into your MMOBOTIX NAS and open Storage & Snapshots

A Wizard should popup.

Click OK


Select iSCSI Target with a mapped LUN

Click Next


Click Next


Fill out a Target Name

Click Next


Click Next


Now you can decide to select a created Volume or a whole Storage Pool.
In this example I’m using a created Volume. (MxHub)

Click Next


LUN Name: “Fill in the name you want to use for the LUN”
LUN Allocation: Thick provisioning
Capacity: Select the recording target space

Click Next


Click Next


Click Finish


iSCSI Storage is now configured and ready to use


2. Connect your Windows PC with the iSCSI Storage

Open the iSCSI Initiator on your Windows PC (this Tool should be installed by default)


Click on Discovery

Select: Discover Portal…

Enter the IP-Adress of your MOBOTIX NAS and use the default port: 3260

Click OK


Click on Targets

You can now see your configured LUN

Click on Connect

Click OK

Your LUN is now connected to your Windows PC


3. Create a new disk for your iSCSI Connection

Open the Disk Management on your Windows PC

A popup will be shown.

Select GPT

Click OK


Right Click on your new Disk

Select → New Simple Volume…


A Wizard will be open

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Click Next


Select the Disk Space

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Click Next


Select the drive letter

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Click Next


Select the following settings

File system: NTFS
Allocation unit size : 64K
Volume label: Enter a Name for this Volume

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Click Next


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Click Finish


4. Select the iSCSI Disk as recording target in MOBOTIX HUB ManagementClient

→ ManagementClient → Recording Server → Storage

Double Click on you Recording Path


Click on the Folder symbol

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Select your created iSCSI Disk

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Configure the Retention Time and the Maximum Size
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Click OK


Now the iSCSI Storage is configured as primary storage location