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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Network boot (PXE) and caching of files

I'm looking into changing how to deploy network boot for clusters of servers. My worry is network transfer since not all boxes will be close to boot servers and network might be slow. The machines ...
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Volume to capture dropdown blank /Windows OS VM/

I have setup a 2008 R2 WDS server and I am trying to boot with capture image. /Both server and clients are VM on the Vmware workstation./ But when I PXE boot the VM and enter the windows deployment ...
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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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How do I convince Dell blades to PXE Boot

Scenario: Brand new Dell M610 blades. Connected to the network with a 10GE uplink into a Dell PowerConnect M6220 blade switch. DHCP server evidently working, as everything else boots / gets ...
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MAC addresses on dual-NIC mainboards

Here's a weird problem. We've got a number of devices with dual-NIC mainboards. Some are Realtek NICs, which suck. Some are Intel e1000s, which don't. I've just noticed on 2 machines, one is an ...
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Is Imaging over wireless possible and/or feasible? PXE boot over Wireless?

I am looking to implement (if possible/feasible) the ability to image a PC and Mac via our wireless network. Is this actually possible? I have read multiple documents that newer Macbook Airs can do ...
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PXE Boot PCLinuxOS ISO

I'm in the process of trying to convert some computers at my local school to be diskless browser stations. We've identified PCLinuxOS as the OS we'd like to use due to it's easy interface for ...
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PXE architecture: “BC EFI”

RFC 4578 defines various machine architectures for PXE as follows: Type Architecture Name ---- ----------------- 0 Intel x86PC 1 NEC/PC98 2 EFI Itanium 3 DEC Alpha 4 Arc ...
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What do I need to send an Extended DHCPOFFER with multiple boot options?

According to Wikipedia and a bazillion other pages, you can have: Proxy DHCP If a PXE redirection service (Proxy DHCP) receives an extended DHCPDISCOVER, it replies with an extended DHCPOFFER ...
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Installing Windows on HP Proliant Servers without SmartStart

I have a PXE server for deploying Windows XP and Windows 7 to workstations. The process is as follows: Boot the workstation from the NIC. Workstation sends a DHCP request. DHCP server responds with ...
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Building a PXE/WDS infrastructure with both Windows Server 2008 and Linux PXE Server

What I want to do is the following: I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 (DC) with a running Active Directory. I added the role Windows Deployment Services and installed both Windows® Automated ...
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Serve an NFS mount over TFTP

I have a FreeBSD server on which I would like to run a TFTP server (for PXE). My daemon of choice is tftp-hpa and I have it configured to serve from /tftpboot properly. It works unless I mount ...
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Dynamic Windows installation for different users

I am new in server administarting also I have one question for all you guys. Now, I plan to create reintallation system and I want to ask you if is posible to install specific software for each user ...
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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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Ubuntu PXE boot mount wrong NFS share

This question may be simple but I couldn't figure out and was stuck here for the whole day already. Any suggestions are appreciated. I have two boxes, one as the server and other one running as the ...
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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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Temporary Windows 7 or Linux via PXE for examns

I am working in a university and we have some computer studios, in which some exams are done on computers (e.g. for working with office software, etc.). The exam obviously requires a clean system, so ...
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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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What is needed to use TFTP/PXE with failover ucarp?

I have a Linux TFTP/PXE server which works. If I setup failover on 192.168.245.1 which is where TFTP is being served, the client fails with tftp open timeout. I am testing with tftp 192.168.245.1 ...
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Server 2008 - VirtualBox - WDS - PXE Booting Windows 7 - no file found

I know this is a particularly difficult thing to troubleshoot as there are various complexities in the setup, but wondering if anyone has experienced this and can recognise the issue / offer some ...
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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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capturing and deploying windows images via pxe

Are there any good tutorials on how to capture and deploy (via PXE) Windows XP images? I'm studying on this subject and I'd like to know what is needed and how to do it.
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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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Am I allowed to add RDC to a WinPE boot Image? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I am trying to emulate what a user has suggested here: Use WDS to provide a WinPE image (that contains a RDC ...
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How to run a server using only a network hard disk

I know that i can use PXE to boot the server, but is it possible to boot the server from the network and than tell it that he need to use some kind of network disk for its os? So that i don't need any ...
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How to change the menu in DRBL boot sequence?

I have a DRBL server installed. When the PXE boot statrs, the DRBL menu has 3 options 1. DRBL Load 2. Local OS if exists 3. Memory test. The first option fires after 5 seconds, however, I would like ...
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Host a PXE or network boot image on Windows 7 LAN?

I've never booted with PXE or network share, but now need to reinstall an OS on my laptop with a dead DVD drive and no budget to replace it. Looking for a free product to host the boot image on ...
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Is there a way to force remove an SCCM 2007 Site Server?

One of our secondary site servers in SCCM 2007 has become corrupt. IIS, WSUS and WDS have failed. Unfortunately, in Server 2008 there is no way to repair these server roles. I have cleared the ...
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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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Windows PE and the Boot.wim injecting

Running Windows PE on 2008 server edition with WDS as the deploy point. Need to capture a Image but need to inject Intel® 82579LM and 82579V Gigabit Network drivers. The network driver is instead of ...
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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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Best way to enable PXE on 300 Dell machines

I have about 300 Dell machines (Optiplex, Latitude, Precision) that I need to enable PXE on. I'm hoping to avoid going to each and every single one. Is there a way to remotely push the command out ...
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DRBL: Clonezilla won't start (the PXE boot menu command only makes some flicker)

I have a Ubuntu 11.04 (amd64) PC with DRBL server on it. I set it to provide Clonezilla in partition restore mode. Client PCs do boot in PXE and DRBL menu is shown but the Clonezilla menu item won't ...
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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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VirtualBox PXE with Windows Deployment Services not working

I have a test environment with a VM Windows 2008 with WDS, DHCP, AD installed on it. I have a client (Acer Veriton N260G) that I want to install through PXE. The LAN connection works fine because I ...
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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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How to boot a Hyper-V Virtual Machine with a PXE server

I am trying to boot a virtual machine created in Hyper-V Manager. I want to boot from the NIC so that the VM can connect to the PXE server (by pressing F12 numerous times). The thing is, I cannot get ...
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LTSP - TFTP, PXE and pxelinux.0 issue

After my ltsp-build-client --arch i386 All went well, but for some reasons tftpd-hpa wasn't installed there were no /var/lib/tftpboot folder. So I had to install tftpd-hpa manually. DHCP is working ...
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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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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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How to chroot the tftp service

I have tftp installed on Ubuntu 10.04 with the below /etc/xinetd.d/tftp file. I can connect to the tftp server using tftp 10.1.1.54 get pxelinux.0 and it retreaves the file with no issue. When I ...
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When using Windows Deployment Services asks to reauthenticate

We Use WDS to reimage computers over the network. When starting the install over the network it asks us to associate with the domain and user and password. However towards the end it makes us enter ...
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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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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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Install CentOS 5.6 with Cobbler

I imported centos 5.6 into cobbler and set up all the pxe boot stuff. When I netboot it starts the install, but asks me "What type of media contains the packages to be installed". I'm given a choice ...
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Ghost.exe + PXE

I have created a boot disc for clients to connect to Ghost 11. Rather than use physical media to boot clients we have loaded the boot disc onto a PXE server which clients the download and boot. ...
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Booting XenServer 5.6 from iSCSI

I would like to setup a diskless XenServer 5.6 FP 1 machine that boots from an iSCSI target. I think installation onto an iSCSI should be pretty easy: start the installer, open up a shell, use ...
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CentOS and PXE Boot

I am working on setting up a PXE boot server based upon a minimal installation of CentOS 5.6. I have installed CentOS 5.6 with the the first CD using the minimal installation method. Next, I ...
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Using Linux PXE to boot to WDS Server

I've been searching for a solution to this and have not found anything definitive yet. We run a TFTP server on a Linux host and can PXE boot systems to a menu system we have constructed for it. What ...