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Quick iscsi boot question

Hey,

I'm getting a little consfused about what is required to get this working. I know in ucsm 2.0 isci boot is supported, and isci vnics became an option -- however does it depend which mezz card you have?

For example, I see in different mezz card descriptions they specicially support iscsi boot -- like the Intel 82589 or Broadcom 57711. I don't see such a claim for the palo card (m81kr).

Is the ability to do iscsi boot a function of the NIC, or is is possible on all mezz cards after an upgrade to 2.0. I was under the impression you need an iscsi hardware initiatior to get this to work, so I was thinking only particular mezz cards can support this.

Any info to clear this up for me is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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Re: Quick iscsi boot question

Palo is also a supported Mezz card as it supports iBFT.  The Mezz card (not software) must support iSCSI boot in order for this to function.

The two cards that currently support iSCSI boot are Broadcom and the Cisco VIC (Palo).

Note: Only NetApp and EMC storage arrays are currently "supported".

Please see our reference guide here:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-18756

Regards,

Robert

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Cisco Employee

Re: Quick iscsi boot question

Palo is also a supported Mezz card as it supports iBFT.  The Mezz card (not software) must support iSCSI boot in order for this to function.

The two cards that currently support iSCSI boot are Broadcom and the Cisco VIC (Palo).

Note: Only NetApp and EMC storage arrays are currently "supported".

Please see our reference guide here:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-18756

Regards,

Robert

New Member

Re: Quick iscsi boot question

Thanks Robert.

Was looking at the data sheets and couldn't find that bit of info the for palo card. Was googling a bit, but got some conflicting info -- like the Intel card on Intel's website supports iscsi boot, but from your response, it's not supported and/or utilized (perhaps since most people dont have that mezz card).

Is that listed in any data sheet? Just asking so I know where to look in the future.

Thanks again, much appreciated.

edit -- just saw your link, thanks again!

New Member

Re: Quick iscsi boot question

I have iSCSI Boot working with M81KR Palo cards, and an Isilon NAS. M81KR cards work for sure. Also with 2.0 it all configures much easier.

Craig

My UCS Blog http://realworlducs.com
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