Networking Connectivity
Intel® Server Adapters
What are the system requirements for Intel® iSCSI Remote Boot?

Symptom(s):
What are the hardware compatibility and operating system requirements for Intel® iSCSI Boot?

Solution:

Before installing Intel® Server Adapters and Intel iSCSI Boot firmware, check your system for the following minimum configuration requirements. If you are using an Intel iSCSI Boot-capable OEM server system, refer to the instructions provided from the OEM to enable Intel iSCSI Boot.

System Hardware Compatibility for Network Adapters

  • One of the following slot types, depending on your adapter:

    • A PCI Express* slot (v1.0a or newer), 1x, 4x, 8x or 16x

  • System memory 128 MB of RAM minimum required; 256 MB or more recommended

  • The latest BIOS for your computer


Supported 32-bit Operating Systems

Intel iSCSI Boot is supported on remote booting of the following IA-32 operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003* SP1, SP2, R2 x86

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008* x86, SP2 

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U3*, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x*

  • Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise 9 SP3*, Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise 10* or later


Platform Requirements for Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel EM64T)

Intel iSCSI Boot is supported on remote booting of the following EM64T operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1, SP2, R2 x64

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64, SP2, R2

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x

  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 SP3, Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 or later

A platform that supports Intel EM64T will run in either 64-bit mode or 32-bit compatibility mode. In order for it to run in 64-bit mode, the following requirements must be met:

  • The Intel EM64T system must have a 64-bit BIOS that takes advantage of Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology.

  • One of the supported 64-bit operating systems must be installed.

The installer for the adapter drivers will only list the drivers that are compatible with the currently running operating system.

  • If the system is running in compatibility mode, only IA-32 drivers will be available.

  • If the system is running in 64-bit mode, only Intel EM64T drivers will be available.


This applies to:

Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® iSCSI Remote Boot
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-028705
Last Modified: 07-Oct-2013
Date Created: 08-Jan-2008
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