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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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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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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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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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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How to get windows 2008server r2 DHCP to hand out an IP to a PXE-booting client

I really need some help here, Im trying to get a client to PXE-boot using WDS from a 2008 server R2. I've set up a DHCP scope from 10.0.0.11 - 10.0.0.20 255.255.255.0 The server is handing out IPs ...
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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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PXE with WDS & Windows Server 2012 - no filename option in DHCP lease?

I'm trying to configure Windows Server 2012 (a virtual box VM) with WDS so I can PXE boot some Windows 7 VMs (also virtual box). All the machines involved are only attached to the "host only ...
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WDS deploying Different architectures (64-bit and 32-bit) with a single boot image

At the moment I have a WDS server set up with 2 Windows 7 boot images (32 Bit and 64 Bit) because we are running a mixed environment which will stay mixed for the near future. We are moving to a VLAN ...
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How to boot ISO image using gpxe and memdisk?

I have a repository of an ISO images (many different OS installers in ISO format) under http://myrepos/*.iso. I would like to boot from that repo using gPXE (with/without memdisk if necessary) and ...
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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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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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Proxmox and PXE boot

I have 10 rack servers, each has an 80 GB hard drive, and a Dell PowerVault with no hard drives. It is possible to take all these hard drives and put them in the PowerVault cluster, then boot proxmox ...
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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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How do I PXE boot multiple Windows 7 desktops off the same image?

Some years ago in my uni days I recall that the uni labs booted windows nt over the network. There was a shared drive for your own stuff, and other than that any changes you did to the running OS were ...
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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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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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PXE booting LACP hosts on Force10 S50N with FTOS

Hardware: S50N Firmware: FTOS 8.4.2.6 Problem: We're trying to PXE boot some servers that are connected via port-channel interfaces with LACP. Current Work-around: we PXE boot a server with a ...
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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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OS X bootpd as dhcp server not giving out ip addresses

I'm experimenting with PXE lan-boot on my Mac OS 10.6; After some prolonged trouble shooting, I've gotten to the point where LaunchD is nicely running bootpd with the following options: <?xml ...
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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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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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What file transfer protocols can be used for PXE booting besides TFTP?

According to ISC's dhcpd manpage: The filename statement filename "filename"; The filename statement can be used to specify the name of the initial boot file which is to be loaded ...
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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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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 ...
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How to preseed options before network in Debian/Ubuntu PXE installation?

I'm trying to fully automate an Ubuntu installation over the network, but the preseed file is loaded only after the network adapter detection. Even with those options in the preseed file the ...
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Cobbler 2.2.2-1 XenServer 6.2

I tried to configure XenServer 6.2 to install via Cobbler. Importing and configuration via web interface fails on loading xenserver/xen.gz xenserver/vmlinuz xenserver/install.img I tried own ...
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ks.cfg file + how to fit the ks.cfg for PXE server

I want to configure the ks.cfg file under PXE server So I will able to install linux from PXE server PXE server include the files ( initrd.img & vmlinuz ) and the ks.cfg My default ks.cfg was ...
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Hosting Thin Clients on RHEL 5.5 / Cent OS 5.5

I have DHCP, TFTP in place which lets users install Cent OS 5.5 when they boot from network from there machines. I want that they should be able to boot Cent OS right away and log into there ...
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gPXE API not detected

I have a PXE setup where I have the following line in default file: LABEL someos com32 gpxecmd.c32 append chain pxelinux.cfg/some.ipxe Here gpxecmd.c32 is copied from /var/lib/tftp ...
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DHCP over PXE fails, but in the OS it works - with configured (R)STP

I'm trying to PXE-boot desktop-machines to install a new OS over the network, but it isn't picking up an IP address via DHCP during boot. When an OS is already booted on the machine, it is working ...
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Private DHCP through a switch using two eth interfaces?

Right now, I have an Scientific Linux blade connected to the internet on eth3, and connected to a 48 port Cisco switch on eth2. This Cisco switch is connected to the eth2 of 24 blank blades (which are ...
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SCCM Advertise Task Sequence to PXE Computers ONLY

Well I made the horrendous mistake of advertising a task sequence to all machines which as resulted in a lot of Help Desk calls with people wondering what this wonderful pop-up box means. But what I ...
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CloneZilla PXE Boot Without NFS

I am trying to setup CloneZilla to be bootable via PXE without using NFS. I do not have NFS running on our PXE server and would like to keep it that way. However, most of the information that I have ...
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PXE not booting the anymore

I have a PXE boot isse; Since we upgraded the firmwares of our Emulex fibre Ethernet cards on one of our servers, it doesn't want to boot any more from pxe. I updated the pxelinux.0 file to a more ...
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Trying to restore images via clonezilla

I'm trying to restore an image to a computer on a local area network. I setup drbl via the drblsrv -i and drblpush -i commands, and pretty much left all those options to default (except for number of ...
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How to PXE boot multiple servers from a single NFS image?

I need to boot multiple servers via PXE boot. They are all going to run the same ramdisk (i.e. "default" in the pxelinux.cfg directory), and then they all mount a root filesystem over NFS. Then they ...
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Installing Debian with PXE and preseed and dynamic IP address, but configure it finally with static IP address

I had setup an infrastructure for automatic installation of Debian based machines. It uses PXE booting with DHCP and TFTP servers, and preseed to automate the OS installation. What I want is: use ...
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How useful is PXE booting?

How fast is booting over PXE?. Is it conceivable to boot a linux installation? Does it take a long time? I have never really looked into it at all, but I was considering setting up a compiler farm and ...