I have a remote container filled with many PXE booted computers connected to an on site tftp/dhcp server.
If there is a power outage, the server machine takes ages to boot and the PXE booted machines will time out and jump back into bios and never boot. This is bad because I don't have physical access to the machines.
I have a few ideas for solutions to this:
- Find a way to make booting take longer on the client machines (haven't figured out how to do this)
- Increase timeout on network boot on client machines (haven't figured out how to do this)
- Get MAC addresses from DHCP lease file and send them wake on LAN multicast requests after server machine is ready (This seems like the least brittle but unnecessarily complex)
- Replace server machine with one that boots faster (...)
I know there has to be a simple solution that I haven't considered.
What should I do?