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To answer my own question. It is possible using iPXE and iSCSI or AoE. The idea is to either replace the network card option ROM with iPXE or to chainload ipxe and then do a sanboot. iSCSI is the easier of the two san protocols because you can actually install Windows 7 directly to an iSCSI target. This is because iSCSI support is built into windows 7 ...


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It may be a good idea to check with Outpace IO. They have an AoE background AFAIR. Other than that there aren't many folks doing AoE these days. I think that lack of vendors is a good enough factor to start routing traffic and switch over to iSCSI. At least there are vendors actively developing and supporting it. You can also get good iSCSI targets for ...


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There used to be a WinTarget.net AoE target for Windows, but domain name is currently parked so I guess development is over. You might find binaries on CNET and some other file dumps but I'm not sure you want to do that ;) StarWind had kernel-based AoE target for sure, you might ask them. https://forums.starwindsoftware.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2332


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The scenario you describe essentially amounts to the use of each workstation as a thin client to access a centrally located desktop environment. It would be highly impractical for Windows 7 to boot from PXE even if it could be done. Whenever PXE is used to boot, it downloads the entirety of the boot image to the client system, which would mean several GB ...


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It's not possible to boot Windows 7 over PXE or anything similar to that. Windows PE (Pre-Installation Environment; which is licensed only for maintenance and installation purposes and has nothing like a normal Windows Desktop) can be PXE booted. Certain other versions of Windows that you're not interested in can also be PXE booted, but nothing like a ...


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I'd try to check the SMSTS.log file on a machine that can see the advertised task sequences, and compare that to one of your machines that's not seeing the advertisements and see if there are any clues for where the issue may lie. Even if you haven't selected and launched a task sequence, you should have a log in X:\Windows\temp\SMSTSLog\smsts.log As far as ...


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It seems that distro codename is not set. This is example from working preseed template: d-i mirror/country string manual d-i mirror/http/hostname string aptproxy.hostname.tld:3142 d-i mirror/http/directory string /ubuntu d-i mirror/http/proxy string d-i mirror/codename string natty d-i mirror/suite string natty Also, you could pass DEBCONF_DEBUG=5 in ...


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To answer my own question. sanboot --no-describe --drive 0x80 or it might be 0x81 or 0x82 I was able to boot a linux USB drive on 0x82.


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xMy solution for identical problem: Hardware: Igel Thin Client (winNET p680, 1.5 Ghz, 1 GB CF, 1 GBit NIC in pci) does a IPXE-Boot to iSCSI-disk with Windows 7 ThinPC (ISCSI is located on nas4free) The Steps are: Format USB / CF with FAT32 with freeware USBFormat Install grub4dos on USB / CF and copy files "grldr" an "menu.lst" from grub4dos directory ...


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not possible to use same image, but you can use the deduplicated filesystem to use a lot of cloned images and safe disk space, i think the result will be the same. Try to use my distro with SDFS, OpenDHCP for simple configuration and AoE to boot diskless Windows... http://windowsdisklessaoe.wordpress.com and the preview release of distro here: http://...


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In addition to checking the SMSTS.log file that was already mentioned, a couple of things: It shouldn't matter if the laptop has an SSD, it's all about drivers. In your case, the hard drive controller (AKA Storage) Drivers. The other main driver is the nic driver. If your machine boots up to the image, but your Task Sequence selection window is blank or ...


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I recommend you to use Grub4dos instead of Memdisk for less memory comsumption. Load grub.exe than the iso image, map it with (0xff) direction. I found a full article here : [dead link] Hope it will hope you.


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/dev/sda1 /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 0 Your UEFI ESP is not on a disk array. Need this to boot, but it cannot really be an array. Recover a working file system. Restore it from backup, or reinstall it. Which per the sysadmin guide is: yum reinstall grub2-efi shim (In theory, you can resync an efi disk with mdadm. Problem is, individual members may be ...


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$ sudo nmap --script broadcast-dhcp-discover uses the script broadcast-dhcp-discover found here: https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/scripts/broadcast-dhcp-discover.nse you should replace: result_table["IP Offered"] = r.yiaddr_str with: result_table["IP Offered"] = r.yiaddr_str result_table["IP TFTP Server"] = r.siaddr_str Alternatively you could also use $ ...


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udev predictable network interface names should be consistent on the same hardware, clearly you have heterogeneous hardware. In the simple case of one interface, you can disable persistent naming by adding net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0 to the Linux command line. (Ask Ubuntu: Changing Network Interfaces name Ubuntu 16.04) However for multiple interfaces ...


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The NetInstall service only (directly) supports OS X network images. It can serve multiple versions (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, whatever), but you must create the images under the same major version as the image you're creating. So if you want a Yosemite image, you need to copy the Yosemite installer to a Mac running Yosemite, and run the Yosemite ...


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your kernel panics because it is not a a PXE compatible kernel/initrd set. If I were you I would not reinvent the wheel; take a proved PXE compatible distro and customize initrd to your needs and add the required squashfs. For a big list of PXE compatible distros and their corresponding parameters see Serva


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The Rescue option will probably drop you into a root shell, or possibly a live CD environment such as Knoppix. From there you can edit any configuration files you need.


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This is too wide to answer shortly, but the technology you are trying to find is called preseeding. The process is similar in Debian preseeding and Ubuntu preseeding. With Lubuntu, automated deployments are supported in Alternate install image


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Disclaimer: I haven't tested this, and it's mostly taken this JAMF Nation discussion, with some additional notes from an old AFP548 article. You need to use the bless command (which is part of the standard OS X install). The simple format for configuring NetBoot is: sudo bless --netboot --server bsdp://${ipAddress} ... but unfortunately that only ...


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I know this is a good long while ago since this was asked, but the DeployStudio Assistant can create bootable flash drives or external hard drives that will connect to the server hosting the DeployStudio repository. While that requires plugging things into each host, it is a reliable workaround for NetBoot issues like these.


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