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Unable to network boot using ghost server solution 2.0

Windows Enterprise Server 2003 w/SP1
Ghost Server Solution 2.0
DHCP is installed

I installed Ghost Server Solution 2.0 and DHCP everything appears to be installed correctly, I created an Ghost Image so I can connect clients to the dummy switch and ghost through the network. I selected the appropriate drivers (Broadcom) But when I attempt to boot from the network using the Dell 610 the PXE boot states no PXE Filename was found and it does not boot. What am I missing or doing wrong since symantec's webpage is of no use?

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funnyfingersCommented:
Can you go through the steps on creating your specific boot disk for Ghost?  This may be different from what you are trying but would give you the same result.

Open the Ghost Boot Wizard
Network Boot Package
Choose the appropriate network driver
**You can also choose UNDI which will install a universal network driver with PXE enabled machines though we won't be using PXE in these instructions that I am giving you.  Also the computer BIOS may need to be updated to use it even if it says it supports PXE**
Use PC DOS Next
Symantec Ghost Next
Firewire Defaults Next
DHCP Default Next
Create ISO (This is what I recommend you can use floppy...)
Choose file name Next
Review Next
Finish.
Burn that ISO to a CD

Run GhostCast Server
Click Create Image
Choose a session name (I use 'create' as the name)
Browse choose file name
Click accept clients

Boot up the source machine that is connect to the network with your boot CD.
Does it get an IP address from the DHCP server?

Again the way I walked through does not use PXE at all.  You are just installing a NIC driver in DOS and then you will communicate with the GhostCast server to create the image and then later restore images.  Let me know if you get this far.
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
That way will work but my boss want us to be able to boot from the network to image multiple computers at one time with out the disk.
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funnyfingersCommented:
Ok under the Ghost Boot Wizard do you have the "Microsoft RIS Boot Option"?
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
No,
I loaded the component but when I try to set up it asks for a installation folder I selected the folder were the ghost.exe is located but it did not work; what file do I need to point to for the installation files?
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funnyfingersCommented:
What component did you load, the Microsoft RIS?  You just want to set up a completely separate installation folder for RIS.  D:\RemoteInstall for example.  You will point to that folder when you do the Ghost Boot Wizard choosing the Microsoft RIS Boot Option which will put the needed components into a sub folder of D:\RemoteInstall which will show up in PXE as a Menu item.  The files Ghost puts in there are ghost.dsk among others so an EXE wouldn't work directly.  Let me know specifically what part you are stuck at now and I will walk you through it.
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
When I go to admin tools on the server and select RIS setup I click next to accept the default folder name and location and then click next I select respond to client computers requesting service and then click next then the next window is installation source files location what do I do from here
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funnyfingersCommented:
It is asking for the Windows OS disk or network share.  So at this point just put in windows xp or 2000.  You really won't be using this for your task but it needs it to finish the install.  Also once RIS is installed I am not sure if Ghost Boot Wizard will automatically add that Microsoft RIS Boot Option.  You may have to reinstall the ghost software.
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
Okay I got RIS installed now went to create the boot package using the ris option. I select all the drivers and stuff hit next twice and name the package but now I receive the "Can not format floppy" but there is no floppy to be created.
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funnyfingersCommented:
You may get that if AntiVirus is running a real time scan.  Go to run services.msc and temorarily stop the real time virus scanner and try again then start that service.  I know you aren't using a floppy but see if that works.
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
I resolved the floppy issue there is a patch that you need that fixes the bug; but the machine still does not contact the server.
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funnyfingersCommented:
Make sure the Trivial FTP Daemon is started in the services.msc.  Also do you know if the DHCP service is working properly?  Is there another machine that you can verify gets an IP address from that DHCP server?
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funnyfingersCommented:
Any luck with this?
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
I hooked up a laptop to the server and it would not pull an address, DHCP is setup correctly all servers are started it's been authorized. But can not pull a ip if I can resolve this it will fix this issue
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funnyfingersCommented:
Can you give me some more details as to your network setup and computers in it.  As much information as possible.  It seems like you recently installed DHCP.  What were you using for IP addresses prior to this?

Is the default firewall enabled on the server?  It will block all incoming traffic even DHCP requests if you do not disable.  Try disabling it if it is not already.
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
Its setup as a stand alone server made it a DC and installed DHCP and then installed Ghost I have it connected to a DLink switch also where the clients plugin
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funnyfingersCommented:
What about the built-in firewall is that disabled?
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ritahoodAuthor Commented:
Yes the buil-in firewall is disabled
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funnyfingersCommented:
I do not think the DHCP needs to be on the PXE server.  Does your switch also have a DHCP option?  Do you have any hardware that can do DHCP like even a home router?
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