When you set up your boot from SAN environment, you perform a number of tasks.

This section describes the generic boot-from-SAN enablement process on the rack mounted servers. For information on enabling boot from SAN on Cisco Unified Computing System FCoE blade servers, refer to Cisco documentation.


Before you set up your ESXi host to boot from a SAN LUN, configure SAN components and a storage system.


When you set up your host to boot from SAN, you enable the boot adapter in the host BIOS. You then configure the boot adapter to initiate a primitive connection to the target boot LUN.


When setting up your host to boot from SAN, you first boot the host from the VMware installation media. To achieve this, you need to change the system boot sequence in the BIOS setup.