Installer Support for iSCSI

Registered by Robbie Williamson on 2009-04-20

Users of virtualized and diskless (e.g. blades) server environments need a Storage Array Network (SAN) solution that allows for migration of data between partitions/servers, and also provides the high performance necessary for certain highthroughput, low-latency enterprise applications. Traditionally, Fibre Channel SANs have been used in the past, however FC SANs are expensive and require specialized equipment and knowledge to maintain. iSCSI provides a simple and cost-effective way for the user to deploy SANs, because it uses the same IP network equipment that the user already has for standard networking, i.e. ethernet switches and standard network interface cards. Currently, the Ubuntu Server installer does not seamlessly support iSCSI, requiring command-line interaction, and booting from iSCSI is not a fully tested/supported feature.

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
Robbie Williamson
Priority:
High
Drafter:
Colin Watson
Direction:
Approved
Assignee:
Colin Watson
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
Accepted for karmic
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
milestone icon karmic-alpha-4
Started by
Colin Watson on 2009-08-07
Completed by
Colin Watson on 2009-08-11

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2009-08-07 cjwatson: New partman-iscsi package uploaded; once that's processed I have hw-detect and open-iscsi ready to go. This provides a much better installation experience, although I haven't yet managed to test booting from /-on-iSCSI.
2009-08-11 cjwatson: Root on iSCSI now appears to work as well, so I'm calling this done. There are a few known problems but it seems reasonable at this point to track them as bugs instead (e.g. bug 411323 and bug 411575).

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* Blueprints in grey have been implemented.