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ESXi boot from LUN vs. Local disk

harrygranger
Beginner
Beginner

Hi,

Achieving "full stateless" with booting ESXi from LUN is a great idea but I noticed that some users are still deploying ESXi on local disk.

Are there any "real world problems" with boot LUN method?

Thanks,

Harry

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gkumark
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Hi Harry,

As you mentioned booting from a LUN is a great idea. Especially when you are running ESX on UCS blades with booting from a storage LUN, even if you have a blade failure, you just have to move the service profile to a different blade and your server is back up without involving your storage/SAN team to assign the LUN to different initiator WWPN.

As long as you have redundant SAN/Storage infrastructure, there is no real world problems as such with boot LUN. There could be certain application requirements which forces some customers to boot from local disk,  but I am sure major portion of the servers are booted from SAN/iSCSI  LUN in real world.

-Ganesh

Initially we deployed ESXi on our B200 M3 blades with the USB key drive. Since then we acquired a block storage array and new ESXi hosts have been deployed with boot-from-SAN. No problems to speak off with BFS. I would be more hesitant with BFS for a physical Windows server.

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