Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI) Defaults in Windows 7

Manages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) sessions from your computer to remote iSCSI target devices. If this service is stopped, your 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.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
Service name:MSiSCSI
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:iSCSI
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\iscsiexe.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSiSCSI
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the MSiSCSI service is not running because of the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win7_MSiSCSI_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The MSiSCSI service is using the iscsiexe.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 7 installation media.