We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

We've partnered with Certified Experts, Carl Webster and Richard Faulkner, to bring you a podcast all about Citrix Workspace, moving to the cloud, and analytics & intelligence. Episode 2 coming soon!Listen Now

x

Create a (non-supported network card) PXE Boot Floppy to use with Microsoft RIS 2000

dwknight
dwknight asked
on
Medium Priority
515 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have Microsoft RIS installed on a windows 2000 server and need to install new 2000 pro image (via RIS) to new client machines.
The new client machines have a network card that is unsupported by the RIS rfbg.exe utility,(the client machine cards are on board - intel pro 1000)
I was looking for an 'easy' way of creating a PXE boot floppy that connects to the RIS server using the intel pro 1000 drivers.

Many thanks

Dwayne
Comment
Watch Question

why do you need a boot floppy?  Those cards should be PXE compliant and should boot to the network without a boot floppy.

Do you have the BIOS configured for a PXE boot?  Configure that and then you should get something during the POST sequence that allows you to choose to boot to the NIC card PXE boot, at which point it should get a DHCP address and connect to RIS.

Let me know if you need help.

Author

Commented:
Hey TheCleaner,

Thanks for the quick response. I've only been working with non pxe compliant network cards to date.

The machines are Dell Optiplex gx270's. I've looked through the bios of one of the machines and have found nothing obvious for setting the network card to pxe first option. The boot options displayed are Floppy, CD Drive and Fixed Disk. There is no PXE option available.

There was a utility for the e1000 on the DELL website called IBACFG that allows viewing and modification of settings for the network card (from a dos command line). The utility displays the boot protocol for the network card is set to PXE.

Do I need to do a bios update for the additional boot options, or is there a process for making PXE an available boot option within the Dell bios?

Many thanks.
I'd check with Dell on a BIOS update.  I'm surprised if these are on-board PXE compliant NICs that the BIOS doesn't have that feature.  I believe the settings for the Dell BIOS is something like "boot to NIC" or "wake on lan support" etc.  I don't recall if it actually said PXE or not.

Again, hit Dell up and just ask them.  The NICs shouldn't need a boot disk.

Not the solution you were looking for? Getting a personalized solution is easy.

Ask the Experts

Author

Commented:
Many thanks for your advice.

I eventually found the setting in bios - I was expecting to to find it under the boot options. It was under Integrated Devices (LegacySelect Option)

Did the Bios update anyway.
Cool deal...thanks for the points!  Your life will be much easier without a boot disk everytime you need to image.
Access more of Experts Exchange with a free account
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Create a free account to continue.

Limited access with a free account allows you to:

  • View three pieces of content (articles, solutions, posts, and videos)
  • Ask the experts questions (counted toward content limit)
  • Customize your dashboard and profile

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.