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====== Installing Windows to an SRP target ====== You can create customised Windows Server 2008 installation media that will allow you to install Windows directly to your SRP SAN target. (You cannot do this using the standard installation DVD-ROM; you must customise it first.) ===== Install the Windows AIK ===== Download and install the Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 from [[http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94BB6E34-D890-4932-81A5-5B50C657DE08]]. ===== Creating an installation medium ===== ==== Making a bootable USB key ==== Insert the Windows Server 2008 DVD-ROM and a blank USB key. Start up a command prompt and use //diskpart// to list the disks on your system: C:\Users\Administrator> diskpart Microsoft DiskPart version 6.0.6002 Copyright (C) 1999-2007 Microsoft Corporation. On computer: WIN-8AHI8ZB7YBM DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt -------- ---------- ------- ------- --- --- Disk 0 Online 466 GB 0 B Disk 1 Offline 40 GB 0 B Disk 2 Online 3817 MB 0 B Select the USB key: DISKPART> select disk N where //N// is the number of the disk corresponding to your blank USB key ("Disk 2" in the above example). Create a new bootable partition on the USB key: DISKPART> clean DISKPART> create partition primary DISKPART> select partition 1 DISKPART> active DISKPART> format fs=fat32 DISKPART> assign DISKPART> exit Copy the contents of the Windows Server 2008 DVD-ROM to the USB key: xcopy /e /f D:\*.* E:\ (where //D:// is the drive letter of your DVD-ROM drive, and //E:// is the drive letter of your newly-formatted USB key). ==== Preparing the unattended installation file ==== Use //Notepad// to create a file containing: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <settings pass="windowsPE"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"> <RunSynchronous> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Order>1</Order> <Path>cmd.exe /c for /f %i in (&apos;dir /s /b %WINDIR%\inf\oem*.inf&apos;) do drvload %i</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand> </RunSynchronous> </component> </settings> <settings pass="generalize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"> <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls> </component> </settings> </unattend> and save it //E:\autounattend.xml// (where //E:// is the driver letter of your USB key). ==== Preparing the imagex configuration file ==== Use //Notepad// to create a file containing: [ExclusionList] ntfs.log hiberfil.sys pagefile.sys "System Volume Information" RECYCLER Windows\CSC [CompressionExclusionList] *.mp3 *.zip *.cab \WINDOWS\inf\*.pnf and save it as //E:\wimscript.ini// (where //E:// is the driver letter of your USB key). ==== Preparing the boot image ==== Download the correct version of Windows OpenFabrics from [[http://www.openfabrics.org/downloads/WinOF/]] and unzip the //.msi// installer file. Unpack the driver files to a temporary location: msiexec -a WinOF_2-1_wlh_x64.msi -qb TARGETDIR=%TMP%\WinOF Start up a Windows PE Tools Command Prompt (//Start//->//All Programs//->//Microsoft Windows AIK//->//Windows PE Tools Command Prompt//) and mount the boot image file: mkdir %TMP%\Mount imagex /mountrw E:\sources\boot.wim 2 %TMP%\Mount (where //E:// is the driver letter of your USB key). Add the //imagex// command and configuration file to the boot image: copy ..\%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%\imagex.exe %TMP%\Mount copy E:\wimscript.ini %TMP%\Mount Add the WinOF drivers to the boot image: cd %TMP%\WinOF\PFiles\WinOF\Drivers for /f %i in ('dir *.inf /s /b') do peimg /inf=%i %TMP%\Mount Commit the changes to the boot image: imagex /unmount /commit %TMP%\Mount ==== Preparing sanbootconf ==== Download //sanbootconf// from [[http://git.etherboot.org/releases/sanbootconf/sanbootconf-latest.zip]] and save it as //E:\sanbootconf.zip// (where //E:// is the driver letter of your USB key). ===== Creating the installation image ===== ==== Enabling SRP boot support ==== * Boot from your USB key, and install Windows Server 2008 to a blank physical disk on a new machine. * In the newly-installed Windows Server 2008, install //sanbootconf// from your USB key. * Start up a command prompt and prepare the machine for capturing the installation image: cd %WINDIR%\System32\sysprep sysprep /oobe /generalize /shutdown /unattend:E:\autounattend.xml (where //E:// is the drive letter of your USB key, which may have changed from earlier). ==== Capturing the installation image ==== * Boot from your USB key, and press //Shift-F10// to start up a command prompt window. * Capture the image: cd \ imagex /append C: E:\sources\install.wim "Windows Server 2008 (SRP boot)"


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