This article contains these sections:
Requirements and considerations for Software FCoE Boot
When you boot the ESXi host from SAN using software FCoE, certain requirements and considerations apply.
Best practices for Software FCoE Boot
VMware recommends several best practices when you boot your system from a software FCoE LUN:
For information about network adapters that support software FCoE boot, see the vSphere Compatibility Guide.
Configure Software FCoE Boot Parameters
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.
In the option ROM of the network adapter, specify software FCoE boot parameters. These parameters include boot target, boot LUN, VLAN ID, and so on. Because configuring the network adapter is vendor specific, review your vendor documentation for instructions.
Installing and Booting ESXi from Software FCoE LUN
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.
Note: See the vendor documentation for your system.
Note: If needed, you can rename and modify the VMware_FCoE_vSwitch that the installer automatically created. Make sure that the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) mode is set to Listen or Both.
Based on VMware KB 2032363