I'm working on setting up PXE boot server and while following some online instructions to mount the ISO and copy over everything under /mnt/install/netboot/, I noticed that a mount of ubuntu- is missing the install/netboot/ directory, whereas under ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64.iso this directory exists.

In trying to make sure I use 18.04 files, am I looking in the wrong place of the 18.04 ISO or was this whole section dropped after 16.04?


alby@ubuntu:/$ sudo mount -o loop /var/tmp/ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64.iso /mnt

alby@ubuntu:/$ ls -l /mnt/install/netboot/
total 3
lr-xr-xr-x 1 root root   47 Jul 30 22:25 ldlinux.c32 -> ubuntu-installer/amd64/boot-screens/ldlinux.c32
lr-xr-xr-x 1 root root   33 Jul 30 22:25 pxelinux.0 -> ubuntu-installer/amd64/pxelinux.0
lr-xr-xr-x 1 root root   35 Jul 30 22:25 pxelinux.cfg -> ubuntu-installer/amd64/pxelinux.cfg
dr-xr-xr-x 1 root root 2048 Jul 30 22:16 ubuntu-installer
-r--r--r-- 2 root root   61 Jul 30 22:24 version.info


alby@ubuntu:/$ sudo mount -o loop /var/tmp/ubuntu- /mnt

alby@ubuntu:/$ ls -l /mnt/install/
total 179
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 182704 Jan 28  2016 mt86plus
  • What do you mean by mini.so? Or do you mean min.ISO? I'm using full ISO files and the 18.04 doesn't appear to have the pxeboot files,whereas the 16.04 version does. I can only assume I need to use 16.04, because I just don't see where these files exist in 18.04.
    – Alby
    Jan 20 '19 at 14:06

I am taking a similar online course and had the same issue.

What worked for me was to go to the Download section in www.ubuntu.com.

From the Ubuntu Server I choose "Use the traditional installer" link.

From there I scrolled up to "Network installer" and I choose the version that I wanted (18.04 LTS in my case).

It took me to a page with various architectures where I choose what worked for me (amd64 in my case).

From there I downloaded netboot.tar.gz and I extracted the content in to /var/lib/tftpboot.

With the dhcp and tftp active and properly configured I managed to boot a VM from Lan (as a boot method). It brought me to the Installer boot menu and I completed an installation of a ubuntu-basic-server.

I hope it helped.



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