ESXi booting a new host from wds

I'm trying to deploy my first VM host, I want to use my existing wds server to do this.  Wehn the host boots it searches for a PXE server but fails to find one: no boot filename received.

Has anyone had luck with this?  I've searched google and can't seem to find an answer.  Most of the sites say to make a wds server on the vm server, a waste in my opnion when you already have a deployment server present.
Snyper82Asked:
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bgoeringCommented:
Let me be clear - are you trying to deploy a new virtual machine? Or a new host server? If the former, what virtualization product are you using. ESX? Hyper-V? Xen?

I agree it is a waste to have more than one WDS setup - for PXE boot so long as DHCP is present and WDS has an enabled boot image you should see something. Please give me a better idea of what products you are using.
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bgoeringCommented:
Whoops - I see you have ESXi in the title - are you trying to deploy ESXi via WDS, or some virtual machine to run on ESXi?
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Snyper82Author Commented:
I have a fresh esxi server, I want to create just two machines for now.  I would like to just deploy these virtual machines using my wds server.  The wds server is working fine for physical machines but the virtual ones do not get sent a boot image for some reason.

ESXi 4.1 running on a brand new desktop machine
I can access the esxi machine via ip
I have joined the machine to the domain


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bgoeringCommented:
Take a look at http://serverfault.com/questions/163647/vmware-esx-pxe-boot-guest-wds and see if adjusting your wait time helps.

Good Luck
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Snyper82Author Commented:
na, my wait time is 5,it was 0 when I started this

it's almost like it's not reaching the network (I'm used to VM solutions like vbox where the network is nat'd).  The wds server is setup to accept any connection and it work with machine fresh out of the box as well as older ones.



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Snyper82Author Commented:
What I keep coming across is stuff like this:

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsp_4_pxe_boot_esxi.pdf

which sounds like making a virtual wds server.
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bgoeringCommented:
In edit settings on your guest, make sure the network adapter is assigned to the appropriate vswitch, and make sure the box is checked to connect at power on. If that doesn't please post your network configuration screen for the esxi host.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
Let me get the screen shot, it's gonna take a min
The host is configured properly according to you last post.


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Snyper82Author Commented:
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bgoeringCommented:
OK, I see the problem - you should do two things:

1. Remove VM Network 2
2. On VM Network change the vlan id to None (0)

The way you have it set up it is expecting to pass vlan tagging to the guest virtual machine, If you set it to none only the native vlan will be available which is probably what you want. If other VLANS are trunked from your physical switch create port groups for them and assign the appropriate VLAN id for each one. Only very special cases will ever use the vlan all setup.
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bgoeringCommented:
If None (0) isn't available just blank out the VLAN id field.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
notta, I reset it and the same, I changed these settings after it failed the first couple of times.
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bgoeringCommented:
Is everything on the 10.0.2.x network? WDS Server? DHCP server and scope on that network?

If you just reboot your ESXi host to a PXE boot - does it get DHCP ip address and install/boot options from WDS? Try that to check the physical setup, if the host can't get an option from WDS then the virtual machines won't either.

In my case my WDS Server is a VM instead of a physical box, as is my DHCP server. But I can install both other vms and physical boxes from it.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
yea, everything is on the 10.0.2.x, the host did boot from pxe, but when I get back to work tomorrow I'll double check that.

Thanks for your help so far, I'll keep you posted.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
Ever realize you overlooked something so trivial that you don't want to mention it?

I had moved our servers last night in prep for a new cabinet, reconnected the servers and test rdp or ssh to ensure connectivity and moved on.  I did not realize that our server that hosts wds needed a copper line on top of the fiber.  Plugged in a cable and BAM, we have
PXE boot.

stupid!

on a side note, ris/wds is slow as SNOT on EXSi...

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bgoeringCommented:
I dunno, my wds on esxi performs reasonably well - I don't see much difference from when it was on a physical box. But to be fair, the physical box was old and slow, and the esxi host is pretty darn fast

Glad you got it going
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bgoeringCommented:
But my recommendation stand to remove the vlan all parameter unless you are going to be running a vm that understands vlan tagging....
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