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Boot from SAN

Windows Server 2003

gPXE allows you to boot an operating system directly from a Storage Area Network, using a protocol such as iSCSI or AoE. In this setup, you do not need a TFTP server or any other boot-time-only server. The operating system is loaded directly from the network-attached disk.

This method allows you to boot operating systems that do not usually support network booting, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, or various flavours of DOS, in addition to operating systems such as Linux which already have the capability to boot from a network.

Some operating systems provide the facility to install directly to a SAN target device:

Other operating systems require that you first install to a physical disk, then add some additional software, then transfer the disk image to the SAN target device:

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