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NFS install

Prior to beginning the NFS install, set up the NFS server and ensure that the OS distribution files to be installed are present and are exported using NFS. Steps that are not documented here should be considered irrelevant and do not affect the iSCSI installation steps.

Installing targets using NFS

  1. Power on the server with the first OS installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. At the boot: prompt type the following:

    linux install=nfs://<nfs ip>://<path-to-OS-distro-dir>

  3. Select the required language, keyboard, and NFS image install.
  4. Select the appropriate network device from which to do the install and select OK.
  5. Enter the NFS server name and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server directory. This is the same name and directory that was entered in step 2 above. After the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 GUI is displayed, select Next.
  6. Select Advanced storage configuration. Ensure that Add iSCSI target is selected and then select Add drive.
  7. In the Configure iSCSI Parameters dialog box enter the Target IP Address and iSCSI Initiator Name and select Add Target. Please note that the iSCSI Initiator connects to the target and the target drive appears as an available drive for the installation.
  8. Follow the traditional installation procedure as prompted. The installation automatically sets up the disk for iSCSI boot during post installation. After the disk is configured for iSCSI boot, the standard OS installation screen appears and the system reboots.
  9. On initial boot, enable booting to the iSCSI target drive by selecting Ctrl-S. In the MBA Configuration Menu select the appropriate function key combination (varies based on configuration see menu for your combination) to enter the iSCSI Cfg menu.
  10. Select a device, if prompted.

    MBA Configuration Menu

  11. In the iSCSI Configuration Utility menu, select General Parameters and modify the parameter Boot to iSCSI target to be Enabled.

    General Parameters

  12. Select<Esc> twice and select Exit and Save Configurations.
  13. Press <Esc> to exit the Device List, if prompted and then select F4 to exit; otherwise, just press F4 to exit.