[ipxe-devel] SAN iso boot to install Win8 to SAN question..

Michael Brown mbrown at fensystems.co.uk
Fri Jan 6 13:15:17 UTC 2012

On Friday 06 Jan 2012 02:30:23 Jarrod Johnson wrote:
> So normally I'd do a typical PXE boot of WinPE to install to a new san, but
> in this case I have a little complexity that prevents that at the moment.
> So I used tgtd to give me two luns, a blank drive as lun 1 and a windows
> install ISO as lun 2.
> I tried hooking it as 0x80 for the hard drive and 0x81 for the optical
> drive.  sanboot --drive 0x81 goes blank and reboots shortly.
> Then I swapped and hooked 0x80 as the optical and 0x81 as the hard drive.
> Installer started, Windows presented the blank disk I had provided, but
> Windows then refuses to install to the disk saying 'ensure that the disk's
> controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu'.  I assume it's somehow
> unhappy with the state of what it determined through EDD, but Windows is
> fairly unhelpful in this regard.
> So two questions, has anyone tried windows install to 0x81 iscsi drive by
> ipxe?  Alternatively, why wasn't I able to boot the iso if I hooked it to
> 0x81 instead of 0x80?

Did you use --no-describe for the sanboot/sanhook commands referring to the 


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