Boot vmware Machine from NFS Server

Hi,

I have setup NFS Server with IP (192.168.0.28) and exported installation files, everything is working on NFS server.

Now I want to boot a wmware machine from PXE Network card. I do have a windows DHCP/Bootp Server (192.168.0.100) on my network. which should give it IP address when it's booting from PXE.

When I boot the wmware from Network card, how can I make it to pickup installation files from NFS server?

Please correct me if i'm going the wrong way. Is it possible what I'm trying to achieve?



Any help/reply will be much appreciated!

Thanks
GuildOfDruidsAsked:
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cjl7freelance for hireCommented:
The DHCP server should point to a file that the client should download. This is normally a syslinux file.

Then the syslinux takes over and boots the system...

Here is an old description but it quite OK. http://www.stanford.edu/~alfw/PXE-Kickstart/PXE-Kickstart.html

/j
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GuildOfDruidsAuthor Commented:
but isn't that in the case where DHCP is linux or DHCP & NFS Server are same server. But in my case DHCP is windows server.


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cjl7freelance for hireCommented:
I know, but the method is the same. You still have to tell the DHCP server to "give" a file to the client.
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CrunchedCommented:
I'm reading this as you are trying to do an installation using NFS as your source?  In that case, you will still need a RHEL boot disk (eg the first installation disk or usb), and at the "boot:" prompt, type:

linux askmethod

this will then run you through the installation options and give you a menu where you can select your source.  Select NFS as your source and enter the details of your NFS server export.  eg. 192.168.0.28:/RHEL
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GuildOfDruidsAuthor Commented:
@Crunched

Yes I'm trying to install using NFS Server and I have already installed it from a RHEL bootable CD. But I was just wonder If I can install without a cd, like, boot from PXE.


@cjl7

It gets IP address from a windows DHCP server but in order to get a NFS Image from a different machine I couldn't find anything related as I googled. Please can you provide me with a source?

Thanks guys for your help.

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CrunchedCommented:
Have you considered using Cobbler? Gives you a web front end to it all as well.
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CrunchedCommented:
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GuildOfDruidsAuthor Commented:
@Crunched

Thanks for the link that's very useful and good to know about cobbler,

Actually I'm preparing for RHCE Exam and I don't think cobbler is included in exam. But I will get my hands on it.

The basic Idea was to boot client machine from PXE and once it get the IP address from DHCP server then it should search for NFS Server. (I think it can be done when NFS Server is a DHCP server too) but in my case i have windows dhcp server and linux NFS Server.

Please correct me if I'm missing something and forgive my ignorance.



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CrunchedCommented:
If you're studying for your RHCE, I'd forget about pxe booting - the exam doesn't cover it. Focus on troubleshooting and configuring services, and repairing boot problems. If you're studying the NFS component at the moment, look at exports, the automounter and iptables and SELinux configs.
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GuildOfDruidsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the clearing but I'm just curious how can I redirect to NFS server from a DHCP server?
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GuildOfDruidsAuthor Commented:
is there any way that a client boots and find windows DHCP server and the windows DHCP server assign IP address as well as redirect the client to NFS server where it can pick-up the installation files?


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