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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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10.5. What's Missing?

Microsoft has acknowledged the need for several additional features without yet making any commitment to implement them. This section surveys those features and speculates a bit about their possible future.

10.5.1. SAN Boot

Windows 2000 can be booted from a SAN, but there are many caveats. Microsoft supports SAN boot in a limited scenario. The caveats include the following:

  • All hardware and software used must be on the Windows 2000 hardware compatibility list.

  • The scenario should not include an FC-AL (Fibre Channel arbitrated loop) environment, primarily because Windows NT kernel has not been modified at all and the delays in an FC-AL environment when the loop is reinitializing can cause kernel timeout errors.

  • Windows 2000 ...

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