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Can bartpe windows CDrom .iso image  be booted  with a pxe menu across the network ?

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HOW DO I MAKE A PXE MENU AND BARTPE BOOT OVER THE NETWORK WORK TOGETHER ?   I have tried this for several days and it load the image, give the message "booting" and just sits there for a long time.   A side light, it takes an incredable long time to tftp a 150 meg image over the network.

There is more than one good howto on how to boot the bartpe CD iso image across a pxe compatable workstation, Tftp server and dhcp server.
 
The howto I use works well and it is:
http://blogs.labtech.epitech.net/blogs/jaylee/archive/2005/02/22/2296.aspx
 
The problem is that we need to be able to also boot dos bootable floppy images to do things like flash the bios etc.
 
I have found a great pxe menu and it is all setup to work at:
http://mkeadle.org/?p=120
 
The pxe menu work great and he has included his entire tftp boot directory so I did nto have to do anything to make it work.  
 

 
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I dont usually try to boot iso's via pxe.

I mount the iso on the tftp server via a loop device so that there is a "file system" available, then tftp can boot from that.  its still slow, but it does work.

As far as your link to Jermos BartPE post, thats a way to boot off the harddrive, read a config file, and the transfer control/finish booting from the network mounted iso

Unless you are PXE booting a windows image, the boot from network.iso wouldnt work.

 
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I was able to determine that a nbp (network boot protocal) is what determines which os get booted.  
I you boot linux you want the nbp of pxelinux.o.  For windows you need startrom.com

You pxe menu has to be able to switch between NBP's and one of the two things that can do that is Alteris.  

Pxelinux forum has not come up with a solution.  I do not think pxe linux can do it.    
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