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====== Windows XP boot from SAN ====== Windows XP supports booting from an AoE SAN or from an iSCSI SAN. You cannot install directly to the SAN target, because neither the XP network drivers, nor the WinAoE driver, nor the iSCSI drivers are loaded by XP's setup; you must first install Windows XP to a physical disk. ===== Installation ===== Start by installing Windows XP 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 4GB) rather than the whole disk. At the partitioning screen: {{screenshots:winxp_setup.png?360x198|Windows XP setup}} press **C** to create a partition and enter **4096** as the size (in MB). You should then see a screen that looks like: {{screenshots:winxp_setup_partitioned.png?360x198|Windows XP after partitioning}} You can now press Enter to install Windows XP to this partition. The rest of the installation will proceed as normal. ===== Preparation for SAN boot ===== You are now ready to * [[sanboot:winnt_aoe|Add AoE boot support to Windows XP]] * [[sanboot:winxp_iscsi|Add iSCSI boot support to Windows XP]]


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