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CentOS 4.7 Boot From SAN Problems

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Hi,

I am trying to setup a diskless server to boot from SAN under clean CentOS 4.7 i386 install. Minimal setup, standard partitioning scheme. Installer finishes fine, however when the server is rebooted it hangs at:

"Attempting Boot From Hard Drive (C:)"

I am using Emulex LPe1105-HP card/EVA 4400/BL460c.

Any thoughts on this? I was not able to find too much info online about this.

Thanks!
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I would check the firmware version on the Emulex card and upgrade if necessary.

Make sure the Emulex card is configured to enable boot from SAN, and the proper target is configured for boot.
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For anyone who ends up having the same problem, seems like an issue with CentOS actually:

Boot into CentOS rescue mode, manually partition it and write the table to disk. Reboot the server to boot off the CD but make sure you use the "linux text" mode installer.
 
Start the installer as normal and go through the install. Use Disk Druid to partition the disk and not the auto partition method. Do not reboot after install is complete, but press F2 to get a shell.
 
Edit the etc/fstab file and replace all the LABEL's with the correct /dev/sdaX device names.

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