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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How do I PXE boot multiple Windows 7 desktops off the same image?

Some years ago in my uni days I recall that the uni labs booted windows nt over the network. There was a shared drive for your own stuff, and other than that any changes you did to the running OS were ...
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Howto setup Cobbler with PXE if you can't change the dhcp server?

In the past I've setup a PXE server several times by making the normal dhcp server return everything needed for network booting: both the regular ip config AND bootinfo in a single dhcp setup. That ...
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PXE Booting Virtualbox guests in internal networking mode?

I am not sure if this is just specific to my distro's packages or is a vbox limitation. So, any help would be appreciated. Ok, so I have a network of VMs, with one VM acting as a NAT for the other ...
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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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Networking doesn't initialize properly when pxebooting Linux Mint (live CD) using cifs, but works with nfs

I have a TFTP/DHCP/NFS/SMB server (Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS) on 192.168.26.1. I use pxelinux to display a menu containing startup and installation options for Windows, an Ubuntu network installer, and ...
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Implications of using VMware's templating and cloning for provisioning Linux servers instead of PXE

There seems to be speed benefits when using VMware's templates to create new VMs. However, I'm concerned about possible less obvious security and flexibility implications. For e.g.: First boot ...
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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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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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PXE in an 802.1X environment

My organization is about to implement 802.1X on our enterprise, but we currently use PXE-based OS deployment sequences in SCCM. I'm looking for a way to continue using PXE in an 802.1X environment. ...
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PXE Boot FreeBSD ISO from a Linux PXE server

I have a working PXE boot server running on CentOS 5.5 that works perfectly for any flavor of Linux. I'm trying to add FreeBSD to the install options as a ISO memdisk, but so far nothing is working ...
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one-time PXE boot from Linux on HP Proliant hardware

So, I use Systemimager to provision new CentOS 5.3 hosts via PXE. We have a couple servers that are just test targets that we'll reimage a couple-dozen times a day, and normally, getting them to ...
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Automatically deploying Windows Server 2003 and 2008 unattended

We are currently using PXE boots to automate the installations and reinstallations of our dedicated servers. This is working great for all Linux based systems like Debian, CentOS, VMware and Ubuntu in ...
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How to boot ISO image using gpxe and memdisk?

I have a repository of an ISO images (many different OS installers in ISO format) under http://myrepos/*.iso. I would like to boot from that repo using gPXE (with/without memdisk if necessary) and ...
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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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Conditionally offering PXE boot to a client

I am working on a pet project, and I am trying to figure out where I should start with achieving the following functionality: I have a PXE boot rom that wlil do burn-in tests, my burn in test sets a ...
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What do you have on your PXE server? [closed]

Basically, what cool utilities does everyone have loaded up on a PXE server ready to use on any computer you netboot from? I've just set one up at home with the following: Clonezilla Memtest86 ...
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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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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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PXE Boot - Linux server & OpenBSD client

I have an old machine here I'm trying to setup as a diskless client running OpenBSD, booting from my fedora 10 machine. I've setup tftp and dhcp and both appear to be correct, yet the client just ...
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Looking for tool to do PXE boot

Im having issues with my new SCCM R3 and PXE boot, and i was wondering if a tool that allows me to do a fake pxe boot ( IE be a PXE boot client ) but with lots of logging exists? I know i can find a ...
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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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Best way to do DHCPD event logging?

I'm thinking about building an (experimental) system that depends on realtime information from a 'standard' ISC DHCP server on a Linux box. I want to log (and process) events that are related to PXE ...
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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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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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How to setup PXE boot server in CentOS

I am working on researching a project for work and thought that I would ask for your advice. I am trying to find out how to setup a PXE boot server within CentOS that would allow us to PXE boot a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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PXE boot and DHCP server configuration Failing Auto Installation

I have a ISC DHCP Server installed on Ubuntu 9.10 . I have managed to successfully boot a PXE client , obtain a DHCP address and load the initrd.gz file. But I am facing a vague problem when the ...
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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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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 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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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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Is there a match on incoming interface in DHCPd classes?

(Note, the title of the question Is there a way to classify DHCP requests based on the interface they're coming from? is what I want answered, but it doesn't actually ask that question for a ...
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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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Unbricking a rack-mount server…VGA out is unresponsive, no network boot activity

I have an old rack-mount (4u) server which booted from the network (with PXE) when it was in use. I was aiming to install debian or wot not on the hard drives (it has 5), so I tried wireshark and a ...
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Multi-part PXE boot not honoring next-server setting

I'm trying to boot LynxOS via PXE. The vendor provides a NBP named pxe.0. I then configure and build an image called pxe.1. These are placed on the tftp server, which is not the same system as the ...
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PXE boot Linux - which directories must be writable?

I'm planning to set up a small Hadoop cluster where the slave nodes boot and run from a central PXE server, to simplify deployment and updates, and to enable all of the disks on the slaves to be ...
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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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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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Clonezilla-SE with another DHCP Server in LAN

I want to install Clonezilla-Server(192.168.1.100) in a network that already have a DHCP Server (dd-wrt with dnsmasq - 192.168.1.1). I've installed Clonezilla-SE on ubuntu Server 10.10, once installed ...
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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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Installing multiple OSes at once via PXE

I want to set up a network installation using PXE to install multiple OSes. I found this guide that does something similar: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PXEInstallMultiDistro But what I'd like ...
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DHCP Server Not Offering to PXE Client

DHCP Server Not Offering to PXE Client BACKGROUND: I'm in the process of adding PXE services to an existing SCCM 2007 server. The SCCM server is separate from the DHCP server (Server 2008 x86) and ...
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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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How to PXE boot if BIOS does not suppport it

Situation: I have an old rack server that I want to use as a test machine. The BIOS does not support network boot, and cannot be upgraded. I need to install a fresh OS on it. Is there anything I can ...
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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 ...