Server SAN Boot

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SAN Boot allows you to start a server from an external SAN storage device running the server's OS and application software.
In FC-SAN networking, you can install the server OS on a storage device and set FC-SAN start on the HBA card. After the serve starts and FC HBA card check is complete, the LUNs on the storage devices can be used by the server as local hard disks.

Other related questions:
Method used to enable the FC SAN startup on the HBA
Method used to enable the FC SAN startup on the HBA: FAQ-How can I enable the FC SAN startup on the HBA

Setting boot order for a server
You can set the server boot mode using any of the following methods: Method 1: 1) During the server startup process, press F11 to enter Boot Manager. 2) On the Boot page, set the boot device. For example, select HUAWEI DVD-ROM VM 1.1.0 to enable the server to boot from the DVD-ROM drive. Method 2: Set the boot device on the iBMC WebUI. Method 3: Set the boot order on the BIOS. For details, see the BIOS parameter reference. The Romley Platform BIOS Parameter Reference applies to V2 servers. Click Link to download it. The Brickland Platform BIOS Parameter Reference applies to 4- and 8-socket V3 servers. Click Link to download it. The Grantley platform BIOS Parameter Reference applies to 2-socket V3 servers. Click Link to download it. The boot setting configured using methods 1 and 2 takes effect only once. When the server restarts, the boot device set on the BIOS (using method 3) will take effect.

Server boot disk
ServiceCD2.0 is an intelligent boot disk for servers. It provides OS installation and RAID configuration functions. ServiceCD2.0 has the following features: - Provides wizard-based installation of OSs, such as Windows Server, SUSE, Red Hat, and VMware ESXi and installs device drivers based on the hardware detected. - Provides a graphical user interface to help you complete the installation. - Supports configuration of a variety of RAID controller cards through a unified GUI. You can use the boot disk (ServiceCD) delivered with the server to perform the installation. You can also download the iso file of the boot disk (ServiceCD) and perform the installation over remote control. For details about How do I download the iso and install the OS, see: http://support.huawei.com/ecommunity/bbs/10179917.html

SAN
Storage area network (SAN) is a high-speed network that incorporates storage devices, network connection devices, and interfaces. SAN is a storage network for data storage. Because SAN is isolated from the LAN service network, its storage data flow will not occupy service network bandwidth. In the SAN network, all data is transmitted in a high-speed and high-bandwidth network. SAN enables direct block-level storage access to physical hardware, improving storage performance and upgrade capabilities.

SAN definition
You can visit the following website to obtain SAN definition: FAQ-What is SAN

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