Windows Server 2008 boot from SAN


Start by installing Windows Server 2008 to a physical disk. It is best to use an external USB, FireWire, or eSATA disk; this will make later stages easier.

When installing, use a small partition (around 8GB) rather than the whole disk. At the “Where do you want to install Windows?” screen, click on Drive options (advanced):

Windows Server 2008 setup

Click on New and enter 8192 as the size (in MB), then click on Apply to create the partition. You should then see a screen that looks like:

Windows Server 2008 after partitioning

Select the newly-created partition, and click on Next to install Windows Server 2008 to this partition. The rest of the installation will proceed as normal.

Preparation for SAN boot

Now you must select which SAN technology you will be using:

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