Your ESXi host can boot from a FCoE LUN using the software FCoE adapter a network adapter.

When you configure your host for a software FCoE boot, you perform a number of tasks.

The network adapter has the following capabilities:

Support partial FCoE offload (software FCoE).

Contain either a FCoE Boot Firmware Table (FBFT) or a FCoE Boot Parameter Table (FBPT).

For information about network adapters that support software FCoE boot, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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To support a software FCoE boot process, a network adapter on your host must have a specially configured FCoE boot firmware. When you configure the firmware, you enable the adapter for the software FCoE boot and specify the boot LUN parameters.

2

When you set up your system to boot from a software FCoE LUN, you install the ESXi image to the target LUN. You can then boot your host from that LUN.