I want to use PXE to Boot BartPE to Ghost drives
Posted on 2006-05-29
I would like to setup a PXE to run BartPE. All my workstations do not have a Floppy or CD.
I have made a BartPE ISO that has my required software in it.
I have created a vanilla ghost image to put on these workstations.
I know the legal issues.. Every workstation has a Ghost and XP license... Blah Blah Blah..
Ok Here is the enviroment:
Windows 2003 Server
Shareware TFTP Server
DHCP is running on the 2003 Server
I don't want to even consider RIS. It is a pain in the a$$..
All of the workstations are PXE compliant.
I can setup a Linux server if needed just for this. I would like to keep it all on one box if possible.
I want to be able to boot the workstation from a PXE and run BartPE. I will need network support so that I can access my Ghost image on the 2003 server.
I want the ability to boot BartPE because I have a few workstations that will be using it as a netboot so that I don't have to have a hard disk in them.
I also like the idea that if a workstation hard drive failes, it will automatically try other boot options. This will cause it to load BartPE. As long as the end user has some kind of web browser, they will be able to work minimally until I can repair the workstation.
How do I make this happen? I know that I need to have a TFTP server defined in the DHCP options as well as a startup file. I do not know how to confiugre the startup file to run BartPE's iso image. I can configure the DHCP server just fine.
Any ideas?? I'm giving this max points because it is an unusual question.