The Manage Boot Devices Utility is an optional method for providing IP and boot information (boot device) to target devices. It is an alternative to using the traditional DHCP, PXE, and TFTP methods. Using this method, when the target device starts, it obtains the boot information directly from the boot device. With this information, the target device is able to locate, communicate, and boot from the appropriate Provisioning Server. After the user is authenticated, the Provisioning Server provides the target device with its vDisk image.
The following boot devices are supported:
- CD-ROM (ISO)
- Hard Disk Partition
The BDM boot mode option is not available for Generation 2 VMs.
Wireless NICs are not supported.
When an entire hard drive is selected as a boot device, all existing disk partitions are erased and re-created with a single active partition. The targeted partition is reserved as a boot device and cannot be used by the operating system or by data.
When a hard disk partition is selected as boot device, the selected disk partition data is deleted and set as an active partition. This active partition becomes the boot device.