PXE and NetBoot
Posted on 2009-05-12
Okay, background info:
Our school uses PXE-capable computer running Windows XP SP3, and iMacs (some Open Firmware, some EFI) which will (supposedly) NetBoot using Apple's NetBoot server.
We use PXE for deployment at the moment with RIS and Ghost 7.0. Of course, this only works on the PCs.
We are hoping to use NetBoot/NetInstall to deploy images to the Macs.
Of course, PXE requires a DHCP server configured to reference the PXE server. We are not about to change DHCP unless we *really* have to. But then, Mac OS X Server requires it's own DHCP server on the same machine. And running two DHCP servers is not fun.
Our current idea is to add each Mac machine's MAC address to a list, setting the Windows server to reject the computers on the list and the Mac OS X server to allow only those addresses. To prevent conflicts, a range of IP addresses is reserved on the Windows DHCP server (about 50) and the Mac server is given that range to allocate IPs within. I kind of like this solution, but it's not as elegant as it could be.
If anyone has any ideas, that'd be great :) (Is there a DHCP option for NetBoot seperate from PXE?)