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UCS 2.0(1) iSCSI Boot [updated]


iSCSI boot enables a server to boot its operating system from an iSCSI target machine located remotely over a network. This document provides details and tips on how to configure iSCSI boot. This document only covers the install part and not the post-install tasks (mpio, off-load). A service profile for iSCSI boot has some changes from a normal Service Profile. There is now an iSCSI vnic that needs to be created. Creating a Service Profile iSCSI boot must be done from the Expert Service Profile creation tool.

Following adapters support iSCSI boot:

  • Cisco VIC and VIC-1280 (iBFT only, no iSCSI offloads)
  • Broadcom 57711 M51KR (full offload, iSCSI HBA)

Following Operating System are supported for iSCSI boot:

  • ESXi 4.1U1
  • Windows 2008 R2 and R2SP1
  • RHEL 5.6, 6.0 and 6.1


The user should have knowledge of basic UCS configuration and Service profile configuration.

Related Information

Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 2.0

Unified Computing System (UCS) 2.0  New Hardware & Software Features

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