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PXE and NetBoot

Posted on 2009-05-12
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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?)

Thanks, Michael
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I don't believe there is a need to have two DHCP servers on the same network even though you want to netboot both Macs and Windows computers.

That being said, I manage a network of 150 Windows and 70 Macs using a Windows 2003 DHCP box. I also have an xSerce running OS X that is my netboot/netinstall server.

All my network clients acquire their IP from the 2003 server for pxe /netboot when necessary.

You should not have an issue all.

Mac OS DOES NOT require a separate DHCP server.
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Okay, well I've only tried this os on OS X Server 10.3, but that required DHCP to netboot. However, this was probably Apple's older protocol for network booting (I believe they moved from NetBoot to BOOTP? Or the other way around... not sure.). We have Macs of both old and newer firmware, so I don't know what problems that will raise.

Thanks though, I'll try "do it anyway".
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I run OS X 10.4.11 server. I've also run Leopard server successfully.

Hit me back with questions....
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