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Posted on 2008-10-12
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My company just purchase Symantec Ghost Solution Suite. Here is a better explanation.  

When I attempt to boot to LAN with this particular machine NIC, it will give the machine via DHCP an IP address but  it will not time out trying TFTP for some reason.  Any help in these matters would be much appreciated.  Thanks again!  
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by:TSchug
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Hi,
Your problem likely involves the ethernet driver on the PXE netboot image you made on the server. Are you using the Universal Packet Driver? This can cause problems with some machines, if that's case you may need to use the driver specific to the Dell.

Does this happen on just this machine, or do you have more Dells that are the same model that work fine?

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Yes I am using the universal Packet Driver(UNDI). It work when I ghosted one mchine; however, when I try five (5) It stop about ten minutes in. I have also used the UNDI when I ghost Dell 531. I will try using downloading the driver specific for this machine.
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by:TSchug
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Hi Tiffany,
I'm confused. How were you able to start ghosting 5 if you were unable to get one to boot.

Were the 5 you ghosted all the same model?

Is the one that won't boot the same model as the 5 that did?

Also, if it is just one machine, and other machines of the same model boot fine, try resetting the bios on that specific machine. Worst case scenario, if it's just one machine that has a strange issue you could use a Ghost boot disk.
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I am sorry for the confusion. I can ghost one machine (Dell 520). When I try 5 (Dell 520) it stops. I was stating previously that I have successfully ghosted Dell 531 model with no problem. Does that clarify things.
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Yes, sorta. But what does that have todo with your original TFTP boot issue in the first post?

Anyway, I assume you are ghosting 5 at a time using multicast. Are they all in the same room? (i.e. not going through multiple switches). Does one machine show an error after it freezes?

Sometimes if one machine gets a partition size set wrong it will cause the whole multicast operation to freeze.

I do suggest trying the specific driver for the NIC in the 520 versus universal packet driver as it always seems to make things work better for me when I have issues.
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