The Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE, also known as Pre-Execution Environment; sometimes pronounced "pixie") is an environment to boot computers using a network interface independently of data storage devices or installed operating systems.

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Can I PXE-boot a desktop PC into a Hyper-V VM?

I just started exploring Server 2012, and the Hyper-V features are compelling for my place of business. Here is the question: We have several computers around the facility currently running XP and 7. ...
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is it possible to run bootp/pxe server using dnsmasq without act as dhcp server

on my network its already exist a router that do dhcp, boot in this network i need to boot a diskless system that use pxe to boot from network, while the pxe server is using dnsmasq to serve O/S, but ...
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PXE boot server on a xen PV guest?

I've set up a Xen hypervisor on ubuntu 14.04 and a PV guest also on ubuntu 14.04. I want this PV guest to be a PXE boot server. But when I look at the /boot folder I see that it's empty. I'm a newbie ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 PXE boot with initrd (initramfs) kernel panic [duplicate]

The short story is this (as I understand it): I can't boot ubuntu over LAN (PXE boot) with the help of initramfs without compiling my own kernel. As I see, the problem is this: network interface ...
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Is it possible to force a linux install to continue?

I'm PXE booting a linux distro that I'd like to contain a list of packages. I have these packages listed in a kickstart file for inclusion. Some of these packages won't work with the current distro, ...
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How to restore clonezilla image having only ssh access and no free partition?

There might be possibly more than one right answer. Having little experience in the area, I'm asking about the best / most reasobable way to manage my tools and resources in this particular task. The ...
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Gpxe Server hangs on loading ISO image

My PXE Server (gpxe) is configured properly and I tested it a couple of times with different installations. However, sometimes it hangs while loading the ISO image which usually requires a reboot. A ...
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WDS install not working, Fails

I am trying to deploy Windows 7 x86 with MDT 2013 and WDS (Server 2012 R2) but it is failing: WDS boots the litetouch WIM (32 or 64 bit) and Lite Touch takes over. I select the Task sequence (Windows ...
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How do I make certain images available when user selects certain boot image? [WDS]

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation that is used for everything under the sun including Network installation services. I would like to have the server offer certain images based upon the ...
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SuperMicro X9DRW-3TF+ can't PXE boot from add-in card

We've been able to PXE boot a X9DRW-3TF+ based SuperServer via the built-in 10Gb networking, but we want to boot from an add-in network card that's running at 1gb and on our management network. The ...
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Passing variables in kickstart

I have a kickstart file that takes a hostname in the %pre section. I cannot seem to figure out how to get it two the first. As you see it sends the server information to another device which then ...
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HP ML350 Gen8: error erasing disk cciss/c0d0 on PXE

I Have a ML350 Gen8, that on first PXE Boot, will ask me whether I am sure I want to erase raid controller cciss/c0d0 giving me an option of Yes | No. This only happens when the disks are brand new ...
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Execute a script before fsstab is read

For a netboot cluster, I'm creating a CentOS 6.5 root disk. The goal is to mount / read-only over NFS, and various other folders, such as /var/log, on the local disk. Here's my first idea: On boot, ...
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diskless boot with differing settings

For upcoming servers we are thinking of deploying a diskless setup, where the servers boot through the network using e.g. PXE. However the default result would be that every server booting from the ...
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Networking doesn't initialize properly when pxebooting Linux Mint (live CD) using cifs, but works with nfs

I have a TFTP/DHCP/NFS/SMB server (Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS) on 192.168.26.1. I use pxelinux to display a menu containing startup and installation options for Windows, an Ubuntu network installer, and ...
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Boot xen server through ipxe

I'm want install Xen Server 6.2 though ipxe, I tried different configurations, no luck making to work until now. I found some may example to boot from pxe using TFTP server, and here is an example: ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS PXE server setup

I am setting up an Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS PXE server. So here are the steps I proceeded with: Setup my DHCP server Setup my TFTP server Setup my NFS server I place the initrd.gz and kernel in the ...
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How do I use StandAlone on WDS without a Domain?

How do I use StandAlone on WDS without a Domain? The Client asks for a Domain Login when I boot to PXE. My server is running in StandAlone mode which I though would bypass this requirement. I've ...
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DRBL without modifying the DHCP: Possible?

Following up this question I'd like to ask: I use the company's network, but I have no access to the DHCP. I'd like to set up a DRBL server to be able to (re-)install a Linux image any time I want ...
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Adding Logic to DHCP Relay Agent

In our environment we have 3 DHCP Servers used for PXE booting. 1 - FreeBSD PXE 1 - Linux PXE 1 - Disked Imaging (clonezilla-like device) Each device requesting DHCP is on a separate subnet ...
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pxelinux from existing system?

I have setup a pxe server with tftp, it works using a debian installer. http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/478 Now I don't want an installer but a system, that already exists (on usb). ...
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DHCP Server Not Offering to PXE Client

DHCP Server Not Offering to PXE Client BACKGROUND: I'm in the process of adding PXE services to an existing SCCM 2007 server. The SCCM server is separate from the DHCP server (Server 2008 x86) and ...
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Retrieving kickstart and other .img file in pxe remote installation in CentOS

I am trying to installation CentOS through pxe tftp installation. Installation starts but it fails to download image files from the http server. but file are accessible on the http server. Logs from ...
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SCCM 2012 R2 - unknown PC boot over PXE - bcd file error

When I want to boot an unknown PC over PXE an error comes after it starts the boot\x64\pxeboot.n12 file. The error looks like a Windows 8 bluescreen and contains: Recovery Your PC needs to be ...
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Can't boot FreeBSD 10 iso by PXE

I'm trying to boot FreeBSD 10 bootonly iso from with pxelinux and tftp, unfortunately the following error appears during freebsd boot: cd9660 :/dev/iso9660 error :/dev/iso9660/FREEBSD_INSTALL ...
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SCCM 2012 - Changes Image index, then we can't change it back

Adding a new boot-image to SCCM 2012. Confirmation dialogue at the end of the addition shows Image index of '1' (which we want)- yet when we went to edit the properties > data sources tab > to check ...
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Imaging Process for Multiple Hardware configurations

currently we use a PXE environment to deploy an automated imaging process to PC's for windows 7. We are using an unattended installation with an answer file. This answer file tells the windows ...
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Use different thinstation network configuration files for diffrent OS booting through PXE

I want to use thinstation to boot to RDP client which connects to either Ubuntu or Windows server 2008 R2. The user should be able to choose which OS they want to connect to. I've added the following ...
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How to allow writing locally on read-only NFS Partition

I created my own PXE/NFS network boot server on Ubuntu 12.04 as explained here. I can write to files on client side if I change /etc/exports file like this on server side: /srv/ubuntulivecd/ ...
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Spacewalk, Kickstart, Cobbler, PXE, Dnsmasq

I have installed a Spacewalk server. One of the final features I am trying to configure is Kickstart. I cannot seem to find any definitive documentation on how to set this up in a "real environment". ...
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Creating a local partition with iPXE

Is it possible to create a local partition from an ISO or a similar filetype either within iPXE itself, or with the help of another network boot program? I know PXE is usually used for "diskless ...
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Failing to mount root from ramdisk while PXE boot

I have a working TFTP/DHCP PXE boot environment where I've already booted some images successful. Now I built an CentOS 6.5 diskless image and this one is failing booting with the following error: No ...
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Using a SCCM 2012 Distribution Point as Fileserver for iPXE

Is it possible to use a SCCM 2012 Distribution Point as a fileserver for an iPXE system? I am not too familiar with the concepts of SCCM DPs, I mainly understand their use, not their technical ...
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BMC nics are blocking DHCP offers from reaching target nic

In our environment we have a range of Dell and HP servers with two mac addresses for one interface, one mac for the BMC and one mac for the nic itself, but they share the same physical interface. ...
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Centos 6.5, PXE Boot fails to recognize the SSD device

Goal: Add correct ahci/scsi to my initrd for PXE install of OS. I am using Centos6.5 minimal install ISO. I have a Serial interface only (no VGA), new low cost rangley processor system and need to ...
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Provisioning DELL servers using only linux tools

We have taken delivery of a bunch off Dell Poweredge Rack servers. Unfortunately when ordering it was neglegted to ask for dhcp to be enabled in the built in iDRAC controlers... So they are all stuck ...
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Server changes network port being used between PXE boot and the booted OS

Whenever I PXE boot a CentOS 6.5 server, I have some grief with the server using different network ports between installation and the booted operating system. I've seen this with multiple servers ...
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Determining if imaging is required with WDS

We are a business of under 200 PC's that are looking at implementing preventative maintenance tasks such as regular imaging or updates but would like to see if there is a better method then IT coming ...
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HP SL250s will not boot from the network, does not appear to DHCP

I have an HP Proliant SL250s Gen8 (right-hand) server which is apparently not able to boot from the network. If I configure the system to PXE boot in the BIOS, or if I hit F12, it does start up the ...
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PXE booting of Linux OSs using NFS (Ubuntu works, but not Debian and Fedora)

I have created functional PXE servers on both Ubuntu and Debian that are able to host Ubuntu 10.04.4 (32 and 64 bit) as well as the Offline NT Password/Regedit disk. Now I am attempting to install ...
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SCCM 2012, Lenovo X240, won't PXE?

Hey guys so I've been very succesfully OSD'ing various computers the past half year. Using a Task Sequence for Windows 7 Enterprise that I created in SCCM 2012 Machines include: HP 8200, Lenovo T61, ...
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Unable to mount the file system from server to client while booting through network

I want a client which loads kernel and file system from the server through network. Till now, On server side, i changed the settings in /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf to get an ip-address to the client. After ...
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VFS: Cannot open root device “nfs” or unknown-block(0,255)

I am trying to setup a diskless client which will mount over nfs to the server. When I try to boot the client I get the following error message: VFS: Cannot open root device "nfs" or ...
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How can I pass kernel arguments via PXE to an Ubuntu-like OS installer ISO?

I'm in a tough situation in which I need to perform a remote installation of a QuantaStor (Ubuntu-based - hiss) appliance onto hardware with limited out-of-band access functionality. The target ...
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Remote PXE server files

Is it possible to view the contents of a remote PXE/TFTP Server on a Windows PC? I would like to get the pxelinux.0 file off of a remote server, but when I connect using WinSCP or just Explorer I get ...
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PXE Booting: Default boot file name?

When implementing PXE booting, is it necessary to specify a specific boot file in the DHCP options, or can you have a default boot file and so not specify that option?
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DRBL server hangs after assigning IP address

I'm trying to install DRBL and Clonezilla on a Debian 7.2 server, following this guide. I've got DRBL installed, and the client's PXE environment can get an IP address from the DHCP server running ...
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Network boot of Windows Defender Offline will not update

I have been working on configuring a network bootable virus removal suite, and I am using the Windows Defender WinPE iso generated from using this 64-bit tool. The tool downloads and creates an ISO ...
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How to get UEFI Secure Boot devices to PXE boot?

I have HP ElitePad 900's and Acer Iconia W510's which are not allowed to boot linux. Is there a way to boot them in network using grub2, ipxe, ... to detect them being Atom get a menu to redirect them ...
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PXE DHCP configuration with existing DHCP server

How am I to configure my DHCP service, so that it handles PXE requests while there is still another DHCP server on the network? I managed to set up a working PXE system in a separate environment (One ...