cClass Blades: Boot for SAN

cClass Blades: Windows 2008 R2 Boot for SAN

In order to facilitate a boot fom SAN installation of Windows 2008 R2 the following process must be adhered to:

  1. Configure only a single path in your initial zone for the blade, Windows setup does not support multipathing, if this is missed you will end up with an error ‘Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition.’
  2. Configure only a single port on the HBA, ensure its BIOS is enabled and that the boot LUN is configured. Ensure the second port is disabled/has no configuration.
  3. Ensure you have downloaded the HBA’s driver from the HP Support website – this may not be necessary, but have it ready just in case.
  4. Boot from the Windows 2008 R2 DVD using the iLO (you may find you recieve an error regarding a missing CD/DVD drive driver, if so try the Windows 2008 R2 vanialla DVD without SP1 integrated)