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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PXE with DHCP on another server

Hi I have the following setup : A router that does DHCP a PXE server (VMware workstation Bridged mode) a client I want to boot on (VMware workstation Bridged mode) I was following this guide on ...
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Multiple PXE server same subnet

I've been struggling with this for some time. I have a few test machines that boot from the network, they receive the boot data from the DHCP server, this tells them who is the boot server where is ...
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Adaptec 2420SA RAID 1 rebuild 66% after 1 week

We're running a 500GB RAID 1 on an Adaptec 2420SA - 2x500GB Hitachi Drives. It suddenly crashed and required a rebuild -- was not even booting. It's only at 66% after about a week. Very frustrated. ...
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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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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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Ubuntu installer over PXE doesn't see network adapters => can't download preseed

I'm booting one virtualbox VM from another virtualbox VM (with cobbler) over PXE. Both machines have 2 adapters: 1) external network and 2) host-only network. The "client" VM successfully boots into ...
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Can BOOTP in DHCP failover to a second IP?

I have a Linux PXE server, and would like to have failover, so in case the primary PXE server is down the secondary PXE server can take over. The DHCP server is a Windows 2003 R1. Could failover ...
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Creating a bootable PXE image from a dos utility firmware updater

I was wondering if it was possible to make a PXE bootable image from a dos utility firmware. For some specifics the firmware updater is usually to be installed on a USB stick. I have all the flat ...
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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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How to change the hostname at the end of pxe unattended installation on Debian

I just installed a pxe server, and i'm installing debian with pxe . completely unattended with preseeding. Now, all my installations come with the same hostname, how I can change the hostname to ...
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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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Overlapping DHCP scopes for different VLANs?

Should the following scenario work? I have a DHCP server on VLAN 101, with the IP 192.168.0.5. I have two other VLANs 102 and 103 where I want to hand out IPs the same range 10.20.30.40-240, but from ...
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Why does a PXE-booting VM aggressively seek Reverse ARP?

Reverse ARP is.. well, pretty much dead, as far as I'm aware? One of the great Internet success stories in killing off a protocol? It's been deprecated in favor of BOOTP (and later, DHCP) for almost ...
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Is it possible to do Windows 7 Deployment via a Linux PXE environment?

I wanted to know if it's possible to do Windows 7 Deployment via a Linux PXE environment, or does the PXE server (TFTP, Images) have to be Windows Server 2008?
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Kickstart %post issue

I'm configuring a kickstart profile and I'd like to create some script file. I'm doing like this: cat <<EOF >>/scripts/myfile.pl #!/usr/bin/perl ... my $int; `useradd me`; ... EOF ...
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PXE boot from USB NIC

Is there a USB solution to PXE boot? I want to use ghost or clonezilla or something to image a bunch of units that don't have on board ethernet, and no clear real way to add to it.
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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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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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Boot and/or synchronise linux image from network

I'm looking for a solution (or at least for some guide/pathway/manual) to boot AND SYNCHRONISE Linux images from network. I already understand how network boot (PXE, DHCP, TFTP) works. In my ...
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Change pointer to IP address of PXE server WDS

The company I'm working for bought another company that's got its own domain. We've connected these together and noticed that both domains have got their own WDS server. Let's call our primary WDS ...
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Booting linux via PXE

I would have like to have the option to boot the linux of my choice (Debian, Mandriva, RedHat, Ubuntu, ...) via PXE. That way I would not have to take the trouble to do an installation on too many ...
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Kickstarting VMWare ESX 4.1 (Error: No NIC with name bootif)

I'm having an issue kickstarting an installation of VMWaare ESX Classic 4.1. I've stripped down my kickstart a bit to just: accepteula keyboard us auth clearpart --firstdisk --overwritevmfs url ...
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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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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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PXE Boot Fedora 17 Error

When trying to boot into the latest Fedora 17 cd via PXE, I am presented with the following error: PXE dracut: fatal: no or empty root= argument So, I added a root= line to my fedora menu entry ...
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How do I set up PXE boot so that it failsover to another server when a MAC address is unrecognized?

We want to automate our OS installations. We currently have Linux and Windows boxes. We already use Cobbler for Linux installs with preliminary plans to use Windows Deployment Services for Windows. ...
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Alternative to PXE booting on a mid-2011 Mac Mini, possibly via USB?

Are there any decent ways to accomplish PXE booting on a mid-2011 Mac Mini (Core i5)? I need to be able to boot into CloneZilla over the network (as I want to image the Mac Mini's hard drive, and ...
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Inconsistent DHCP replies with Windows 2008R2 DHCP server

I've got a Windows 2008R2 standard server running DHCP services. We've noticed that certain clients are receiving inconsistent DHCP replies. We have over 175 Windows workstations in this VLAN that ...
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Configuring a DHCP server to serve multiple subnets on the same VLAN

I have a VLAN composed of multiple subnets, and I would like to use DHCP to centralize IP address designation. The DHCP server (100.100.25.88) is a Debian machine on the subnet 100.100.25.64/27. I ...
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How to deploy Windows Embedded Standard?

What is the usual workflow of deploying Windows Embedded Standard 2009 on clients? I haven't found an official guide yet and would appreciate a link. Is additional software needed for deployment? ...
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PXE bootable browser

I would like to have a system that boots using PXE and only runs a single application: A graphical webbrowser with a hardcoded homepage that loads upon opening. I could use the Knoppix Terminal ...
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How to associate a DHCP pool or subnet with declarations for a class

I have the following working configuration for ISC DHCP server 4.1.1, which hands out fixed addresses to registered clients. Some of those clients are configured for PXE booting (for FAI and SCCM). ...
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Changing network boot order (pxe) using ipmitool

Using ipmitool, I am trying to change the boot order to pxe boot first and from a particular interface. As far as I am aware, ipmitool tool provides option to change the boot device but not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remove expired PXE certificates from SCCM

Our SCCM 2007 R2 environment, which runs in native mode, just had its PXE client certificates renewed. Now, the site server automatically blocks the old certificates, but it appears that there is no ...
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PXE-E32 TFTP Open Timeout While Attempting to PXE Boot from Windows Deployment Services

I'm running Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2008 R2 on top of an ESX 4.0 box. This is the only function of this VM instance, although it had previously functioned as an AD Domain ...
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how to install a CentOS 6.0 KVM guest on a CentOS 6.0 host server with virt-install and PXE

The host server (running CentOS 6.0) only has one public IP address and will be hosting many KVM guests so it needs to use a virtual network switch configuration in NAT mode. I have previously used ...
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WDS server & Cisco ASA (DHCP)

My setup: WDS server (w2indows 2003 R2) located on subnet 10.1.1.10 Various site locations all on different subnets. Eah site has a Cisco ASA firewall configured to respdon to DHCP requests. ...
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PXE boot — kernel not found on TFTP server

I followed the following link for PXE boot, http://www.howtoforge.com/setting-up-a-pxe-install-server-on-ubuntu-9.10-p3 and I was able to ping the client from the server and also when I booted up the ...
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Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image

Asked this in stackoverflow but they recommended I post this here: Here is the situation I am in: I currently have a Windows drive that boots XP. The BIOS does not support PXE booting so this is out ...
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Problems with kickstart script, partition info crashes deployment

Currently testing cobbler, but have problem with the kickstart script when the partition information is loaded. Here is my ks: http://pastebin.ca/1824343 I can't figure out what is the problem with ...
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start linux installation from a linux

Need to network install ubuntu/centos after preparing RAID/BIOS/Firmware. Right now, a machine first boots into a tiny linux kernel(resides in memory) and run scripts handling all the above hardware ...
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Network OS install server

I am looking setup a server that will allow us to install OS's (such as windows xp) over a network boot. Is there any solutions out there that will allow such a thing? Edit: Also i wanted to point ...
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PXE boot Linux - what goes where?

I have an x86-64 machine that can boot via PXE, and want to boot a live Fedora 17. I do not want to install it, I just want to run as though booting the live CD. For a server I have (read: am stuck ...