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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SCCM 2012 - PXE-M0F - abortpxe.com with unknown computers failing

I have one SCCM 2012 server not correctly responding to PXE requests for unknown computers. The server has PXE boot support enabled, enabled unknown computer support, boot images available with OS ...
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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 ...
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How does a host locate a PXE server?

I'm trying to PXE boot a Cisco UCS C260 M2. For the UCS, or a host in general being booted from PXE, is a PXE server IP specified in the BIOS, or is a PXE server searched for on the same subnet? The ...
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PXE boot linux and windows

Here is the scenario: I have 3 machines connected to the network thru a switch: one is the server that can act as the tftp server, switch has the DHCP server and other 2 machines needs OS to be ...
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Debian Network boot with a VLAN (DHCP + TFTP)

I've been given 34 servers (HP Proliant) to use for HPC. Due to the server owners' request, 33 of these will need to act as diskless thick clients, and one will act as DHCP and TFTP server to enable ...
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Installing Hyper-V using pxelinux in Linux environment

I know Hyper-v can be installed using PXE server but most of the article that I see use Windows Deployment Services or uses two servers, one Linux and one Windows. Is there a way I can automate ...
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TFTP/PXE with the foreman

I'm having trouble getting PXE working with the foreman. It dl's pxelinux.0 fine, find the correct pxelinux.cfg for the mac address and then tried to download the kernel. Then we have a failure: ...
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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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Running scripts during pxe build

I am trying to find a solution when deploying VMs and physical hosts using PXE where I can interact with a database to build a host or VM so I can manipulate the build process. An example of this ...
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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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Client see Windows Deployment Services but still get “selected boot device failed” error

Like the title says I can't Windows Deployment Services working. The client laptop has an ethernet IP address of 10.0.4.94. On the secondary DHCP server I've set option 60 to PXEClient, option 66 to ...
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Pxe net install Centos with Static IP

I seem to be unable to perform a kickstart installation of centos5.8 with a netinstall. It correctly gets into the text installer, but keeps sending out a request for the dhcp server and failing. I ...
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PXE boot Windows 7 repair disc from Linux server

I have a Linux PXE server used to boot Clonezilla, Debian rescue, etc. on client machines when needed. Is it possible to add the Windows 7 recovery CD (repair disc) to the available systems on this ...
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Solaris 11.1 AI client: HTTP connection times out

I am trying to install a client off the current 11.1 automated installation (AI) image. I have not modified any manifests and just run the default config after "installadm create-service" which should ...
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PXE boot linux. PXE-E51: No DHCP or proxyDHCP offers were received

I am trying to have an ubuntu box (192.168.10.9) acting as a PXE server, but i have trouble getting DHCP to work. The PXE server is connected to a SOHO router (192.168.10.1) acting as a switch. I have ...
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Mac OS X Server Configure DHCP Options 66 and 67

I need to configure Mountain Lion (10.8.2) OS X Server BOOTP to provide DHCP options 66 and 67 to provide PXE booting for PCs on my network. I have tried following the bootpd MAN pages, but they are ...
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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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Take existing linux install and make it pxeboot

Is there any way I can take an existing install of debian that I have on a usb drive and make it so I can pxeboot it as a ramdisk image? Almost everything I find online is about making a image boot ...
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Installing Windows 7 over PXE, preferably with domain autojoin

At an educational non-profit, I've inherited a previously set-up Windows domain that, after the first reinstall of the machines, we ended up not using by simply not joining machines back into the ...
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Setting a VM boot CD via PowerCLI

I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be a bug, but I'm definitely willing to entertain the possibility that I'm doing things wrong. I have a VMware virtual machine in $vm, and I'm trying to ...
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NFS-Root not working when booting over PXE

I am desperately trying to get a diskless client running over PXE-Boot using a NFS-Share as a root file system. I did this before some years ago but for some reason I am stucked at this since days. ...
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How to install an Ubuntu 12.04 server VM with virt-install without graphics locally (preferably from an ISO)?

I've seen similar questions here but they don't seem to answer the question, instead deferring to graphical installs or PXE-based installs (and with little detail on the latter for my use case). I ...
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Ghost Solution Suite: Booting over PXE to WinPE for re-imaging, then booting to installed OS

I have 40 networked computers that need to be re-imaged each night over a network via an automatic and unattended process. This is to reset the computers to a default state, as well as update the ...
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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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What is the difference betweeen “Network install” and “Network Boot” options in virt-manager when installing a new virtual machine

From my understanding of PXE (Preboot Execution Environment), I know that there must be some negotiation first between the booting client and a DHCP server to obtain network parameters (IP address, ...
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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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CentOS 5 kickstart requesting .discinfo in incrementing disc# folders

I am attempting to PXE boot a CentOS 5 installation and it is hanging at anaconda start without errors. I can see on the web server side that it is requesting the same .discinfo file over and over ...
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PXE localboot fails (timer doesn't countdown)

I'm currently using a Centos PXE server and everything in the menus is working great but no matter what setting I try for local boot countdown it doesn't countdown. It sets there with "Automatic boot ...
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Network boot from a non-default NIC on a HP ProLiant G7 server

I need to force a ProLiant DL380 G7 server to PXE boot from a non-default (not Port 1) NIC. So far I was unsuccessful in finding out how to do this, or if it's even possible. I will be very grateful ...
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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 ...