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Installing Windows 7 to iSCSI Target
2013-05-24, 18:47
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Installing Windows 7 to iSCSI Target
After lots of messing around I finally got my ESXi hosts all diskless booting with iPXE. Works perfectly Big Grin

I am now trying to dual boot two of my ESXi hosts using a PHP script, which seems to work. But I can't quite get Windows 7 ultimate x64 to run the installer.

Using PXE to chainload iPXE, I can successfully get a DHCP request sent etc and chainload a mac address specific URL.

In the hosts mac file I have the following

set keep-san 1
sanhook iscsi:

In boot.ipxe it's copied from the wimboot page


kernel wimboot
initrd bootmgr          bootmgr
initrd boot/bcd         BCD
initrd boot/boot.sdi    boot.sdi
initrd sources/boot.wim boot.wim

If I boot without any san commands, the windows 7 installer loads no problem, but obviously finds no disks to install to.
As soon as I introduce the sanhook or sanboot command into my iPXE script the installer will load the black setup start screen "Windows is loading setup files"
After this I get a grey (or white) blank screen.

Once again I assume I am missing something blatantly obvious. Anyone got any ideas? Rolleyes
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Installing Windows 7 to iSCSI Target - nry - 2013-05-24 18:47

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