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Preparing Windows Server 2003 for iSCSI boot

These instructions assume that you have an installation of Windows Server 2003 on a local hard disk. We will make this installation iSCSI-boot-capable, then copy it to a remote iSCSI target and boot from it.

If you have not yet applied Service Pack 2 or higher, you will need to install hotfix KB902113, available via http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902113/en-us. Note that this hotfix cannot be downloaded directly; it must be requested from Microsoft Product Support Services. It's probably easier to install Service Pack 2.

You will also need to install the boot-capable Microsoft iSCSI Initiator. You must obtain this from http://connect.microsoft.com by signing up with the invitation code ms-8RR8-6K43. This is not the standard Microsoft iSCSI Initiator; you do need the boot-capable version.

Reboot after installing, and check that the system comes up correctly. You can now proceed to Transferring the operating system image to an iSCSI target.


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