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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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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Booting DBAN from PXE failing with non-fatal errors

I have a functioning PXE configuration that allows to boot to an installation by Kickstart or rescue, both via RHEL6 media. I'm trying to add DBAN to the mix to make for a more complete solution for ...
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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 ...
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PXE booting server in VirtualBox network configuration

I have a host machine(windows) which has a rhel6 guest running in virtual box. I want to boot my laptop through PXE server configured in this guest machine. I have configured all the necessary ...
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OpenThinClient - Start up error - RPC Timeout

It's my first time using openthinclient, I find it great that I will be able to boot my desktop as a thin client without having to format it and if my RDP server is down, the desktop will boot its ...
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Does nova support pxe boot?

I'm working on an OpenStack-based project. Now we need a virtual machine to boot from PXE. I cannot find any document about that. Does nova support PXE boot? If yes, how do I create a KVM image that ...
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Using a Cisco ASA 5505 to forward PXE (WDS) Requests

I have a Cisco ASA 5505 that uses around 5 NICS for different networks. Currently I'm using my ASA to route traffic as it's the only Cisco device I have capable of the small amount of routing ...
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MDT 2012 and PXE BOOT

A couple of years ago I configured my primary domain controller with WDS (not MDT) and would capture and push images from and to clients. Well now I have to do it again (less than 20 workstations) ...
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PXE Installation of XenServer 6.2

I've added XenServer 6.2 to our PXE/TFTP server. Everything went fine, but I cannot install XenServer as is. We get the XCP version instead of XenServer 6.2. Is this supposed to be normal? Here are ...
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Error loading my BCD when trying to PXE boot to Windows PE

I'm trying to set up an ubuntu server with pxelinux, so I can boot Windows PE using PXE. On the client machine, I can see that pxelinux itself works, but the next screen is this: Here is what I ...
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Network boot from HP DL380 G7 using PCI quad port Intel NIC

I have a HP DL380 G7 server with a quad intel expansion card in slot 3. I can't seem to find anywhere in the iLO/BIOS to tell it to boot from one of these expansion interfaces - is this even ...
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PXE-E11: ARP Timeout

I am trying to do a PXE boot from a LTSP server connected directly to the client computer. My problem is, during netboot, it says: CLIENT MAC ADDR: 8C 89 A5 E0 6C 86 GUID: ...
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how to restore ubuntu image with iPXE

I would like to create a backup of one of my Ubuntu systems. Put that backup file/image on one of my web servers and use iPXE or gPXE to restore it onto multiple servers. I'm assuming that I need a ...
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UEFI PXE Boot on Cisco UCS Platform

Has anyone managed to work out how to UEFI PXE boot a Cisco UCS server. I am trying with C series but I expect B series would be similar. On boot up the server will perform a legacy PXE boot without ...
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OS Deployment via PXE - Preparing and Using Images in Many Small Environments (MSP)

I've got a project going on which I'm running into a bit of a roadblock on. I'm interested in learning if there is a better alternative to what my MSP does for OS deployment, currently. Most of our ...
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DHCP: DHCPREQUEST issues

Maybe someone that knows more about DHCP and network that can help me out with this one. I've been thrown for a look with this for awhile now, so I'm reaching out to the ServerFault community. We ...
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PXE bootable image for terminal server?

We have 300 windows xp machines on cruddy old hardware across the company. With extended support for XP ending April next year we're looking into our options. Couple of options: Replace the 300 ...
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Boot gets stuck after PXE agent exits

After installing Ubuntu via PXE onto one of our new servers, the machine keeps getting stuck here on boot: Intel(R) Boot Agent GE v1.3.27 Copyright (C) 1997-2008, Intel Corporation CLIENT MAC ADDR: ...
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System Center Configuration Manger 2012 SP1 PXE boot

I am trying to set up my System Center Configuration manager server to be a PXE server for client deployments but I am having no luck in getting it to work. It seems to bypass SCCM and boot right ...
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tftpd-hpa inside VMware server fails to deliver files for PXEBoot

I've a PXE server for network installation. Everything was working fine until we virtualized the server using VMware ESXi 5.1. When we try to boot a machine through the network, it got an IP from the ...
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PXE Boot an ISO with iSCSI information

High Level: I'm using pxelinux.0 and memdisk to boot a Windows PE iso. I then connect to an iSCSI lun and apply a Windows WIM. More information: Normally netboot/i is used to automatically assign ...
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Can ISC dhcpd operate as a proxy dhcp server for PXE boot?

I have an existing LAN with a DHCP server already dishing out IP addresses. For various reasons I cannot replace that server so it will still need to dish out IP addresses. I've been experimenting ...
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PXE boot FreeBSD iso from pxelinux server

I'm using FOG as a TFTP / PXE server and would like to be able to boot a FreeBSD LiveCD (specifically pfSense, but it could be any LiveCD, really); I've found HOWTOs for booting a "netboot" BSD but ...
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pxe boot fails with message: no DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found

I am trying to pxe-boot a machine (client), and in the process I am trying to setup a tftp server that this machine can boot off. On the server, which runs Ubuntu 10.10, I have setup dhcp, dns, nfs, ...
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installing programs to client over Ubuntu server

I am guessing this is possible, however I am not sure what protocol(s) to use and pretty much the way to go about this. Let's say for instance Open Office -- how could we set up our Ubuntu server to ...
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Diskless client nfs boot fails [closed]

For a school project I need to create an ubuntu diskless client. I'm using vmware fusion. I've encountered various problems that took me a while to solve, but now I'm at a standstill. I've been using ...
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PXE boot fails to get IP address via DHCP, but DHCP works when OS booted

I'm trying to PXE-boot a Cisco UCS C240 server to install a new OS over the network, but it isn't picking up an IP address via DHCP during boot. I get the "No DHCP or proxyDHCP offers were received" ...
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MDT: oob drivers not being injected

I'm trying to use MDT and WDS to image a machine. I've got the image of the reference cpu via a vmware machine. I tried running LiteTouch via PXE on the target machine. It gives me an error: A ...
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SCCM 2012 unable to update boot images with pxe enabled

we are fighting an error in sccm 2012. When we attempt to distribute boot images (after selecting the pxe option) we receive an error that the pxe image cannot be expanded (distmgr log). Can you ...
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How to configure Multiple diskless clients with CentOS6.4?

I need to boot multiple hosts from the same nfs server. to prepare I use: yum -y groupinstall "Base" "Server Platform" --installroot=/var/lib/tftpboot/cos6.4/root/ my tftp configuration is: vi ...
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How do I pass arguments from the PXE command line to a kickstart %pre, %post script?

Basically I want an ARGV like usage on the PXE command line, but I can't see any documentation to do this. basically I want to pass something like scientific-linux-6 HOSTNAME VLAN then in %pre hit ...
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Get hardware serial number by MAC address?

Is there a command like the following: wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" bios get serialnumber But by MAC address instead of computer name? A solution to that would be appreciated, although if you have ...
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Linux boot after PXE boot

Is it possible to setup a PXE boot server such that the PXE image checks and updates some configuration files on the hard disk, and then immediately boots a linux kernel from the hard disk, without ...
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'Slow down' A DHCP server on purpose

As the title implies, May look like a silly question, But what i'm trying to do, Is to have 2 DHCP servers in one network. One only leases IPs to Bootp clients (And if the client re-requests ...
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PXE server - ubuntu setting username/password later - is it possible?

so I am writing a program in mainly C/C++, though I think this question fits under server fault as it is related to the Linux distro Ubuntu. So what I am looking for is a way (possibly hackerish-way) ...
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How to configure TFTPD32 to ignore non PXE DHCP requests?

I want to give our Windows guy a way of easily PXE booting machines for deployment by plugging his laptop into one of our site networks. I've set up a TFTPD32 configuration which does just that, and ...
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chmod -R 777 on PXE server - why

So I am following a guide to set up a PXE server, for reference here are the links: Actual PXE setup NFS PXE setup Live-cd PXE setup: Now throughout these guides he keeps running the chmod -R 777 ...
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Automatically restoring a hard disk image using network boot

I have a bunch of identical PCs that I need to restore to factory default hard disk images as easily as possible. By default, they have network boot enabled, so it seems like the easiest method would ...
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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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DHCP Issue with PXE and Android Devices

I am experiencing an issue where Android Devices are consuming the DHCP Pool Range configured for my PXE boot. Is there a way to define Android Devices so they do not use the DHCP Range I have set for ...
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Network booting from PXE

I need to use a network boot server. However, the DHCP Server is pointing to the wrong boot image filename and server. I can't change the DHCP Server itself, since that is controlled by another ...
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strange routing table after PXE boot WinPE

I have a pxe boot WinPE using iPXE, iPXE config file as follow: sanhook iscsi:10.86.13.52::::iqn.2003-01.org.linux-iscsi.htpc.x8664:sn.d2a44be19814 cpuid --ext 29 && set arch amd64 || set ...
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Workstation receiving a PXE-E51 when trying to load WDS

I have two of the same laptop, Dell Latitude E6320 that I am testing my WDS server with. The first is the one I used to capture the image and then deploy the same image on. The second however gets an ...