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Booting a Debian Live ISO on QEMU

Situation: A server: access only via SSH (no physical access, no KVM) a netboot OS (Debian/Jessie) 3 x 2T HDD 16G RAM Final goal: Building a ZFS pool with the local HDD and install Debian on a ZFS ...
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Debian Installer HTTP boot

I am really becoming desperate here. Any help or advice will be appreciated: I want to install Debian on a remote SuperMicro server to which I have only IPMI accesss. The server is not in my network ...
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How to avoid "NBP is too big to fit into free base memory" after searching for boot device repeatedly?

I have some servers which can repeatedly retry searching for boot devices (local sata disk, usb stick, netboot) at startup until one is available. I have a netboot setup with iPXE as well. By default ...
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How to use cloud config in pxe boot?

I am using netbootxyz in order to boot my Ubuntu environments. In matter of the facts, is that I am using pre-seed configuration. The problem is that there are some minor bugs: gnome-terminal is not ...
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How can I check my PXE-server configuration

Is it possible to check the things the dhcp-server delivers? When I configure my dhcp-server I tell it what file to boot from, ex: pxelinux.0, and where it should find it, ex: 192.168.0.112. Could I ...
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Is it possible to reboot server from /dev/sdb while RAID 1 rebuilds /dev/sda?

I have a dedicated server with a Raid I with /dev/sda and /dev/sdb in which /dev/sda started to fail so I ordered its replacement. After the intervention the server went into rescue mode and I was not ...
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Netboot from common nfs share. How to incorporate small differences (e.g. in /etc)?

I have a set of (Ubuntu 16.04) servers, which are diskless and boot from a common nfs share. The share is read only and I use a tmpfs overlay. To achieve that I set the /etc/overlayroot.local.conf ...
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LDAP and User root/sudo on local netboot ubuntu/debian machine

I'd like to create a debian/ubuntu pxe netboot image authenticating against ldap but I want give the user the power to install software on his local machine. In Windows I simply add a local admin ...
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Create a network bootable image from current linux installation

I currently have a linux installation on a usb drive. I would like to take that installation and convert it to an image that can then be transfered to a machine configured to be a network boot server ...
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Using 2 redundant Servers to Netboot Devices over network

Is it possible, and how would you go about doing the following. I have 2 Servers ( 1 is primary and other acting as backup) and many devices connected to these servers. I would like to set up ...
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AOE windows Server/Target and Client/Initiator for Windows7/2012 or later [closed]

I've been using iSCSI for virtual SAN implementations... I've already used in the past a diskless-boot system based on AOE (32 bits)... In my case AOE has some advantages over iSCSI for small LAN ...
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deploystudio multiple servers

I am having trouble using multiple Deploystudio servers on a single local network. I am trying to image machines as fast as possible, and my images are 250GB+. I typically image 10 machines at a ...
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NetInstall Windows/Linux/Other from OS X Server

Just recently added OS X Server to my work Mac Pro, and found the NetInstall suite of tools... And I love it! But after setting up El Capitan for Boot/Install/Restore... I want more: Is it possible ...
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Booting WDS Capture image on VM Gen2

Have problem booting capture image, created by Microsoft WDS management console. I have functional boot image (boot.wim) taken from WinServer 2012 R2 iso. This image works fine on Hyper-V Gen2 VM. But ...
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PXE boot kernel panic

I am having trouble setting up a PXE boot server. I've got isc-dhcp-server running, tftp-hpa serves the files over tftp (verified works), and apache2 hosts the rootfs image. The PXE client seems to ...
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Booting hypervisor and network stacks using PXE Server

I am trying configure server using PXE boot. I successfully installed ESXi hypervisor using PXE and would like to know if there is a way by which I can specify Virtual machines at the time of PXE boot....
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Locked out from SSH, NetBoot can be useful? [closed]

I am operating on a Server that is on a datacenter. For security reasons I've disabled root access. So yesterday I was configuring a restricted access group on the server and accidentally put the only ...
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Network install OS and a few packages on 10 systems

This is something that I am currently working on. I have 10 systems, that I would like to configure with lubuntu and virtual box. Now, I know about network installation with PXE. I tried to do this ...
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How to make BSDP NetBoot image selection from a script on OS X 10.9+?

Background: BSDP is Apple's protocol used to discover and make selections on NetBoot servers on the network (Not to be confused with PC-style PXE boot). specs (Word doc). Long story short - it's a ...
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SCCM 2012 Windows PE issues

Just got some lenovo X240, i7 with touch screen.. I got two issues when trying to enter Windows PE. (PE enviroment is 8.1) 1: First of all I don't get anything in the 'image selection: .. its blank.....
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Cannot start WDS installation in default language with 2012 R2 boot image

I've a WDS server running Windows 2012 Server and I just uploaded Windows 2012 R2 images to the WDS server. Changed the boot.wim image to the one in the 2012 R2 ISO, but after this change, I was ...
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Ubuntu Preseed not using local mirror

I have a full ubuntu mirror located on the server http://leelah.home.ianwilson.org/ubuntu/ In my preseed.cfg file, I have the following d-i config for selecting my country mirror: d-i mirror/...
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How do I fallback to boot from local hard drive in iPXE script?

I have a script being loaded from iPXE. What I want is to make the script fall back to boot from a local hard drive (or CDROM) on failure to boot from the san. The idea is allow installation of an ...
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How do I PXE boot multiple Windows 7 desktops off the same image?

Some years ago at my university, I recall that the labs there 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 ...
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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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Netboot Debian (wheezy) from NFS v4

Is it possible to boot Debian Wheezy from NFS v4? Bootwing with NFS v3 works just fine. NFS v4 not. This is in my /etc/exports: /nfs 192.168.100.0/24(ro,sync,insecure,no_root_squash,...
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Bare metal boot over WAN? [closed]

Is there a service offering iSCSI/iPXE boot targets over the Internet? i.e. on a blank machine with an internet connection available to it, it can be configured to look at a public internet host and ...
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UEFI netboot menu

I have an existing PXE syslinux environment and I'd like to set up a similar EFI-based netboot environment. I'm a big fan of the various menus as seen in the screenshot below and I'd like to find ...
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Boot two servers off same disk?

I was reading an article on Linux Journal about Memcached and it mentions Netbooting multiple servers off a single root image: LiveJournal's Web nodes are all diskless, Netbooting off a common yet ...
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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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Netboot Intel Macs without BSDP

I have a netboot setup with DeployStudio that works great in my lab, but doesn't work on our main network. After some digging, I believe it's because our network admins are filtering BSDP (Boot ...
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Giving a new life to an old SPARC machine - boot and install related problems

My problem isn't one you encounter on a daily basis, yet I find interesting enough to share and ask for help. From the beginning: the academic scientific group I am a member of (we are focused on ...
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Mac OS X 10.6.6 NetBoot imaged machines running fsck on boot

I have created a NetInstall image of a OS X 10.6.6 machine in our organization for easy deployment of new machines. This has worked out great for us with the exception of the machines running fsck on ...
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Remote Installing Linux or a Hard Drive Image from a Windows Server?

I have a Server running Windows 2008 R2 Standard. I would like to be able to quickly add and remove new machines from the network, which should boot off their NIC and fetch the OS from the server. I ...
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Netboot OS X installation from an Ubuntu Linux system

I'm interested in netbooting an OS X install (Snow Leopard) from my Ubuntu box. I've made an ISO of the install dvd, but I'm not sure how to proceed from here. I know it's possible to do this from an ...
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OS X Server NetBoot from NetRestore Image hangs at 0% progress

I've setup an OS X 10.6.5 machine with all of the user accounts and software that I'd like on all of the clients. I used the SIU on our 10.6.5 OS X Server to create a NetRestore image from that ...
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Netboot Ubuntu w/out Physical Access

We have roughly 12 servers running Ubuntu 8.04 and 9.10 that I'm planning on reformatting and converting to CentOS 5.5. We have a SpaceWalk server setup, so we have the capability to do a PXE boot and ...
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Using IPMI inside a python script (OpenIPMI)

I'd like to use IPMI to set machines to PXE boot (i.e. ipmitool -I lan -U username -P password -H ipaddress chassis bootdev pxe) and then power cycle them (i.e. ipmitool -I lan -U username -P password ...
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How do I get a Mac to request a new IP address from another DHCP server running in parallel while NetBooting?

I have an interesting situation. I'm trying to us a Linux based machine to allow Mac's to Netboot (similiar to PXE boot) by running a DHCP service in parallel with the "global" DHCP server. The ...
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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 Ubuntu ...
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Debian netboot via PXE required files

I'm trying to perform a netboot to install Debian on a spare PC I have. I'm using a Windows XP Pro box as the "server". It has a TFTP/DHCP server set up and running on it, but the information on which ...
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how to netboot a Linux VM in VMware server 2.0?

Folks, I am new to using VMware, so please excuse if this is a newbie question....... How can I netboot a guest Linux virtual machine ? I'm using VMware server 2.0 running on a Linux host ( Fedora )....
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Setting boot sequence on windows

I want to try something similar to what Mac has i.e control the startup from the OS. In Mac you can choose to have the next boot to be a network boot or a CD boot or a Firewire boot. Similarly, is ...
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Linux clustering

I'm about to run my own simple cluster. I want my nodes runs the operating system off the network (netboot) since they don't have any hard-drive to store the operating system. (Btw, my interest is ...
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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 does a NetBoot server advertise itself?

I'm running the NetBoot service on a box running Mac OS X 10.5.6 server. I've been changing images to serve up, and most of them work, but the last one I tried doesn't -- if you go to System ...
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Remotely Installing Windows 2008 on SunBlade 6000/6250... any gotchas?

I'm preparing to remotely install Windows 2008 Standard onto a 6250 blade module mounted in a SunBlade 6000 chassis rack. Are there any gotchas (aside from the predictable issues related to bandwidth ...
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Deploying DeployStudio

Also see question How do you disable or uninstall NetRestore from a NetBoot server?. Edited to add this link to a great document that I should have been using all along but didn't find until it was ...
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How do you disable or uninstall NetRestore from a NetBoot server?

I'm trying to move from NetRestore to DeployStudio for my dual-boot Apple deployments, but I'm not sure how to remove NetRestore from my NetBoot server. When I NetBoot a client, it still launches ...
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