Friday, January 16, 2004

Using iSCSI to Boot Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on a Diskless HP ProLiant Blade Server

This document describes the concepts and steps necessary to config
and boot Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 3 on a diskless HP
ProLiant BL20p G2 server blade using iSCSI to connect across the
TCP/IP network to an HP StorageWorks SR2122 iSCSI Storage Router.
These concepts and methodologies can be successfully applied to
similar scenarios.

Basically it describes how to use the UNH iSCSI stack to build a
custom initrd that when downloaded via PXE will bring up the IP
network and then mount the root filesystem on an iSCSI served disk.
Pretty cool if you ask me, but I'm biased...

Just a little guerilla promotion for HP and myself ;-)

There are more Linux-focused technical whitepapers on HP's ActiveAnswers'
site. Take a look here,
and here