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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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 does a DHCP service need to be configured, 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can I not get a WDS-originated PXE boot to progress past the first file download?

I'm trying to work out an automated Windows install process, and thought I'd give WDS a look. After some promising initial progress, I seem to have hit a wall. I imported the boot and install WIMs, ...
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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 ...