When you boot the ESXi host from SAN using software FCoE, certain requirements and considerations apply.


  • ESXi 5.1 or later.

  • The network adapter must have the following capabilities:

    • Be FCoE capable.

    • Support ESXi open FCoE stack.

    • Contain FCoE boot firmware which can export boot information in FBFT format or FBPT format.


  • You cannot change software FCoE boot configuration from within ESXi.

  • Coredump is not supported on any software FCoE LUNs, including the boot LUN.

  • Multipathing is not supported at pre-boot.

  • Boot LUN cannot be shared with other hosts even on shared storage.