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Ugo Bellavance (ATQ)
Frequent Advisor

Diskless blades

Hi,

I bought 2 BL495c G5, having plans of using them as diskless blades for virtualization. Is there any recommendations on this? I do have an iSCSI SAN outside the enclosure, and I saw that an USB key was available from HP for usb boot (580385-B21). Enclosure: C7000. Interconnects: 2x Virtual Connect Flex-10.

Any insights welcome.

Regards,
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JonathanT
Frequent Advisor
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Re: Diskless blades

We're booting the HP branded VMWare (we also tried XenServer) just fine off the internal SD cards in some BL490C G6 blades. Saves a ton of money on expensive SSDs or trying to boot from the SAN. Search for "HP Vmware" or "HP XenServer" and you should come up with the download links and the white papers.
Ugo Bellavance (ATQ)
Frequent Advisor

Re: Diskless blades

Sounds great. We're planning on using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, which provides a stand-alone hypervisor. I guess that we could boot from it on a USB key. Can you then access the SAN?

Do you have an idea what is different in the HP USB key?

Thanks,
Adrian Clint
Honored Contributor

Re: Diskless blades

HP USB keys are the definite HP supported versions of the OS and usually contain the HP management agents already installed.

Nothing you could not do yourself.. but time = money.
Emil Velez
Honored Contributor

Re: Diskless blades

You can boot the blades from ISCSI or Fibrechannel (boot from san).


Those are options where you do not need local disks
Ugo Bellavance (ATQ)
Frequent Advisor

Re: Diskless blades

Hi,

Is it possible to easily boot from SAN using the LOM NICs?