Blade Boot

BladeBoot seems to be all that I am doing this month. It is an IBM technology to use the builtin NICs in a blade to iSCSI boot from SAN. A little bit of firmware update, a java app to configure the NVRam of the NIC (you can also do it with DHCP) and you need a SAN with iSCSI. IBM has good documentation on how to do it with Windows and with Suse Linux. The only glitch we had to fight with was that the MS iSCSI software initiator that support boot to SAN was not available at the link advertise. I found it by “mistake” at the EmBoot site. I downloaded the WinBoot/i software and it is part of it. On the Suse installation we are waiting for the SLES 10.0 sp1 to address the need for a DHCP server. As with many technology it looks much better on paper than in reality but we have a good start now.

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