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Anaconda FCoE Support


Add Fibre Channel over Ethernet support to anaconda's storage code.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 12
  • Last updated: 2009-08-19
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

Detailed Description

FCoE devices can be added from the advanced storage menu and then used to install onto.

Benefit to Fedora

Improved hardware support


The anaconda part is 100% done and has been tested, that leaves the dracut part as todo, but that is part of the dracut feature

How To Test

Testing will require FCoE hardware, which is not terribly common.

We will have to verify the following areas of functionality:

  • recognize devices and install
    • on new partitions
    • on existing partitions
    • on new LVM logical volumes
    • on preexisting LVM logical volumes
  • creation of encrypted block devices at various levels in the device stack (partition, PV, LV, mdarray, &c)
  • detection of arbitrarily complex device configurations (luks, mdraid, lvm, &c)
  • management and configuration of existing encrypted block devices
  • automatic partitioning of systems
  • clearing of existing devices/partitions
  • removal of existing devices
  • reconfiguration of existing devices
  • detection of existing upgradable installations with widely varied storage configurations
  • rescue mounting of existing systems with a wide variety of storage configurations

User Experience

This should improve the user's experience with regard to the storage configuration portion of system installation.

No impact unless you have this hardware.


  • openfcoe initiator support inside the kernel (done)
  • fcoe-utils (done)
  • dracut FCoE support (done)

Contingency Plan

Disable the add FCoE storage button, which effectively nullifies all FCoE code


  • FIXME: Will need to include in Installation Guide.

Release Notes

Fedora 12 includes support for installation onto FCoE devices, you can use this by clicking on the advanced storage button in the partitioning screen and then select "Add FCoE SAN".

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