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Booting HP DL360G5 from iSCSI

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I am have an HP DL360 G5, and want to boot it via iSCSI on an Equallogic SAN. I have read that the MS iSCSI controller will support this, but that you need something to get the iSCSI to connect first to the SAN to boot off ot it. There seems to be iSCSI boot options from the Broadcom settings in the intial bootup, but I can't get it to actually do anything. Has anyone else tried this?
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Oops, I meant the MS iSCSI Initiator seems to support this.
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Dont know about this specific decvice, but usually with sans to get a machine to load of the san you need to setup the san bios so that it sees the SAN at startup and mounts the disks so that they can be booted of.
I suspect you will need  to go into the BIOS of the machine and point it to the network cards for boot and setup the in the BIOS of the network cards.
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There is an iSCSI boot guide for Linux on HP's web but not one for Windows, maybe it's not supported.

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I got in the BIOS and set the NIC1 to iSCSI boot, but now I am not sure how to get it the windows installer to see it...
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I wonder if you can put a local disk in and install Windows on that, clone it to the SAN and then take the temporary disk out again? Do you have a spare SFF disk?

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I found something from Intel that says all their PRO/1000 series that use PCI-e are iSCSI bootable, so I just ordered that to try and boot with.

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The Intel Pro/1000 has series has a setup and everything in its BIOS, but I get an error about canniot establish TCP/IP session when I try to connect...surely someone has tried this??
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The Linux guide might be useful since the OS isn't loaded yet shouldn't matter which OS for troubleshooting, http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00782461/c00782461.pdf
I was able to get this to work without the Equallogic SAN. It works just fine when I use Openfiler, or a Storageflex unit. You still have to load it on a local disk first, then image it and restore the image to the SAN.

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