[ipxe-devel] [GUIDE] Installing Windows 2000 \ XP \ 2003 directly to an iSCSI target

Tal Aloni tal.aloni.il at gmail.com
Sat Oct 22 23:00:04 UTC 2011

Hi all,
After much struggle, I've managed to write a utility that integrates TCP/IP, NIC drivers, Microsoft iSCSI initiator and sanbootconf into Windows setup,
using this utility (called IntegrateDrv) you can install Windows 2000 / XP / Server 2003 directly to an iSCSI target

There are two methods for Integration:
1. Integrating to an iSCSI disk containing Windows setup (Windows setup is first needed to be created on the disk using winnt32.exe)
2. Integrating to installation media (the resulting media can be used to install Windows in a similar fashion to Windows 7 direct iSCSI install)

I've posted a guide about the two methods here: http://ipxe.org/appnote/xp_2003_direct_install
IntegrateDrv and its source code are available here: http://iknowu.dnsalias.com/files/public/integratedrv/IntegrateDrv.htm
the latest version of sanbootconf is available here: http://git.ipxe.org/release/sanbootconf

I would like to thank Michael Brown for introducing sanbootconf which made it all possible, and also for helping to make sanbootconf text-mode compatible. 

(just to clarify: my software itself is a general integration utility that integrates PNP device drivers as bootable to Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 setup,
in theory, as long as you feed the right drivers to my utility, you can use it to direct install Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 to anything that has a boot capable device driver, including an AoE target)

p.s. Attached a screen-shot of a VM during Windows 2003 direct iSCSI install, notice that the VM has no hard drive, also notice the name of the storage device.

Feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions,
Tal Aloni
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