iSCSI installation using "alternate install" CD?

Asked by Kevin Soviero

Since Ubuntu Server Edition 9.10 (I think) Ubuntu has supported installing directly to iSCSI targets by allowing a user to log in to one via the debian-installer... However, this functionality has never reached the "alternate install" CD.

You may ask "Why would you want to install Ubuntu *Desktop* to iSCSI?" The answer is simple: Because I have a few "diskless clients" that are too powerful to simply be used as thin clients, but have no room for a HDD. I imaging there are more reasons for doing this as well (centralized desktop storage comes to mind.)

It would be nice to be able to simply use the same method in the alternate installer as you would in the server's installer.

Bug stuff:

Steps to reproduce:

1. Boot to an Ubuntu alternate installer CD.

2. Follow all steps as usual till you get to the "partitioning" step.

Notice that no option appears for "Login to iSCSI Target" as it does on Ubuntu Server Edition's installer.

What is expected:

When installing Ubuntu Desktop from the alternate installation CD, you should be able to log in to and install onto iSCSI targets just the same as on Ubuntu Server Edition.

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Kevin Soviero (ksoviero) said :

I'll assume this isn't considered a bug...

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Best Colin Watson (cjwatson) said :

I think it was just because I didn't expect much demand for it and it would have been an extra half-megabyte on the already strapped-for-space alternate install CD. You're more than welcome to consider it a wishlist bug, though - questions aren't a very good way to record this kind of suggestion for the longer term.

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Kevin Soviero (ksoviero) said :

Thanks Colin Watson, that solved my question.