I had same issue and these steps worked. I could manually boot to CIMC CD and reinstall VMware, and it would see the ISCSI LUN (NetApp) but the blade wouldn't boot to it. If I booted to a boot menu my only option was EFI or the CIMC CD, if mounted.
Still no explanation why the boot policy isn't taking effect. My system is on version 4.0(1a). My next step is going to be to blow away the service profile and recreate.
Boot the blade into BIOS (press F2 during boot)
Go to Boot Options Page
Go down to Add New Boot Option
Press Enter on Add boot option to give it a name.
Go down to Path for Boot Option
Select one of your ISCSI LUNs
Press enter on EFI
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I tumbled across this question troubleshooting DHCP leases on a router running IOS 12.4.
Through trial & error, I found a couple things that helped me..I can't say these are cisco official or that they'll work for you, but it worked for me.
First - use one pool for the general dynamic addresses and then individual pools for reservations. Make sure your reservation pools come in the config BEFORE the dynamic pool.
Second, I also found that Windows devices respond better to the "client-identifier" command and Linux-based devices respond better to the "hardware-address" command.
In my case, I have a pool of 10.10.12.150-10.10.12.199 for general use and two reservations for 10.10.12.10 & 10.10.12.11.
ip dhcp excluded-address 10.10.12.1 10.10.12.149 ip dhcp excluded-address 10.10.12.200 10.10.12.254 ! ip dhcp pool ReservationLinux host 10.10.12.10 255.255.255.0 hardware-address aaaa.bbbb.cccc default-router 10.10.12.254 dns-server 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 lease 0 12 ! ip dhcp pool ReservationWindows host 10.10.12.11 255.255.255.0 client-identifier 01aa.aabb.bbcc.cc <-- Note the 01 out front! default-router 10.10.12.254 dns-server 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 lease 0 12 ! ip dhcp pool GeneralPool network 10.10.12.0 255.255.255.0 default-router 10.10.12.254 dns-server 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 lease 0 12
I hope this helps somebody in the future.
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