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Configuring SAN boot on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 series

You can configure SAN boot on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 series host using software iSCSI.

Before you begin

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  1. Initiate the installation.
  2. Continue with the installation until you reach the installation summary page.
  3. Click Installation Destination.
  4. Click Add a disk
  5. Click Add iSCSI target
  6. Enter the target IP address and the iSCSI initator name.
  7. On the storage controller, create an igroup with the initiator name that you provided in Step 6.
  8. Create a LUN on the storage system on which you intend to create a root partition, and map it to the igroup.
  9. Return to the host screen.
  10. Click Start Discovery to discover target portals.
  11. Select all the discovered iSCSI sessions and click on Log In.
  12. Navigate to Multipath Devices to select iSCSI multipath SAN boot LUN and click Done.
  13. Select the I will configure partitioning option and click Done.
  14. In the Manual Partitioning window, create the root file system on the selected device and select the mount point as /.
  15. Create a SWAP partition.
    Note: You can create a SWAP partition on the same LUN that contains the root partition or on a different LUN.

    If you are using the software suspend funcitonality, you should ensure that the SWAP partition is on a local disk.

  16. Create the /boot partition on the locally attached disk or use a PXE server to load the kernel boot image.
  17. Click Done and follow the installation prompts to complete the installation