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VMWare workstation PXE boot

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in vmware workstaion , i can't see any option . how to install from PXE ?
any clues?
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by:coolsport00
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Looks like you need to do so using a mounted floppy; see:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1162

Now, this references a much older version of Workstation. I 'assume' it's still a feature in the current version of Workstation, but I can't confirm...

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You don't install it, it's included in the BIOS, select the Network Card as First Boot device in the Virtual Machine Computer BIOS.

 Conffiguring Boot from network in VM Computer BIOS
 PXE Boot from network
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by:upanwar
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You need to boot your mware workstation from LAN card. If you are having a HP box then you can press F12 to get the option.

or You can go to the BIOS setup and then select first boot device as LAN card, it will work.

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Either press Escape to get the Boot Device options in Virtual Machine or change default options in BIOS by pressing F2.
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by:bgoering
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Make sure the network connection is Bridged and the Connect at logon option is checked. If there is no OS on the hard drive, and nothing bootable in floppy or cd  by default it should drop through to PXE boot.

Of course - You must have dhcp and a pxe server on your network...
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by:aashee
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would it first go to pxe server or dhcp server. and who would it redirect it towards?
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by:bgoering
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"The firmware on the client tries to locate a PXE redirection service on the network (Proxy DHCP) in order to receive information about available PXE boot servers. After parsing the answer, the firmware will ask an appropriate boot server for the file path of a network bootstrap program (NBP), download it into the computer's random-access memory (RAM) using TFTP, possibly verify it, and finally execute it. If only one NBP is used among all PXE clients it could be specified using BOOTP without any need of a proxy DHCP, but a TFTP boot server is still required."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preboot_Execution_Environment
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by:Neil Russell
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It asks for DHCP And your DHCP serverresponds with IP address and other info.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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In the DHCP server settings, we also specify the TFT server IP address, this is where the PXE client get it's boot image. So client boots with PXE, obtains IP address from DHCP, with TFTP server IP address, and PXE pulls down an OS image from the TFTP server

Here's one of our clients booting through the process (IP addresses obscured).

 booting through the process (IP addresses obscured).
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