iSCSI boot of LUN through a target IPv6 address will fail

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


Install/boot SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 on a remote LUN using iSCSI Boot Firmware Table (iBFT). 
When using IPv6 addressing on the iSCSI connection the portals address will fail..

The SLES 11 initrd does not add the IPv6 module or enable the dhcp6c client daemon to facilitate connections to the Target portal's IPv6 address. 
System with the IPv6 LUN connected over iSCSI will halt.  System will panic with “no init found”.


The following workaround will enable IPv6 based iSCSI boots from the remote LUN.

1. Install image on remote LUN using the target portals IPv4 address
2. After install, unzip the initrd  -
# cd <working_dir>
# gunzip < /boot/initrd-<kernel version>| cpio -dui
# cp /sbin/dhcp6c/ <working_dir>/sbin/   
# cp /etc/dhcp6c.conf /<working_dir>/etc/   

On 64 bit systems
# cp /lib64/ /<workding_dir>/lib64/

3. Apply the following patch to <working_dir>/boot/
@@ -128,6 +128,16 @@       
       echo 'hosts: files dns' > /etc/nsswitch.conf
+# DHCPv6 stuff.
+   if [ ! -e "/etc/dhcp6c.conf"]; then
+    echo "interface $interface {">> /etc/dhcp6c.conf
+    echo "};">> /etc/dhcp6c.conf
+   fi
+   if [ -e "/etc/dhcp6c.conf"]; then
+       modprobe ipv6
+       /sbin/dhcp6c -c /etc/dhcp6.conf $interface
+   fi
 # static ip config
 elif [ "$nettype" = "static"]; then

4. Append "ipv6" to /etc/sysconfig/kernel so that the ipv6 module will
use the above script.       
5. Compress the initrd back again.
    # find . | cpio -o -H newc | gzip -9  -c > initrd.gz

The new initrd is ready to boot over IPv6 using iBFT.


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  • Document ID:7004216
  • Creation Date: 14-Aug-2009
  • Modified Date:10-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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