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PXE boot of ESXi on Cisco UCS

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 7 Comments

Recored a video today of vSphere ESXi doing a PXE boot on Cisco UCS




  1. Can you provide some details behind this? I've was working on getting this to work today as well and had hit a few problems.

  2. definitely send some details about how you did it

  3. I was also wondering if this is fully supported by VMWare. I have heard that PXE is only experimentally supported right now. Cna you comment on that?

    Thank you!!

  4. Anonymous3:06 am

    Rodos, thanks for the continued great UCS coverage.

    As Aaron asked, does anyone know if this is supported by VMware yet? Here is a VMware Tech Note that talks about how to do it but it mentions that ESXi PXE boot is experimental: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsp_4_pxe_boot_esxi.pdf

    Also wondering if ESXi PXE boot is a supported option on Cisco UCS with Palo adapters?

  5. As far as I knows is still experimental.

  6. I was able to get this working on UCS and yes it is still considered experimental. I've followed up with VMware directly and seems like they acknowledge a number of challenges with the stateless model in general which they are working on correcting. I'd venture a guess to hear a fully supported statelss modle to be coming out early next year.

  7. Sorry to dig this up again, but has anyone got some details on how to get the nuts and bolts of this working?


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