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XenDesktop 5 Streamed Image to Physical Computer - PXE-E55

Posted on 2011-03-10
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Hello Everyone,

I've been busting my head pretty good on this one and have had a heck of a time finding a solution.  

I have XenDesktop 5 setup.  The infrastructure consists of the following:

1 - XenServer hosting the virtual desktops and PVS.
1 - Virtual Server running Citrix Provisioning Server with TFTP service (Server 2008 R2)
1 - Server 2008 R2 running the Desktop Delivery Controller
1 - Server 2003 running DC, DHCP and DNS

I am trying to repurpose a physical computer for use with the virtual image.  Perform the PXE boot and it grabs and IP Address from the DHCP server but tries to communicate with TFTP and gives the PXE-E55 error, which states "ProxyDHCP service did not reply to request on port 4011."

Any thoughts on what I can do to fix this issue?

Regards

Jason
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Sounds like you are trying to use TFTP to hand out the boot information?  Have you configured options 66 and 67 in your DHCP server to point the Target Device to the Provisioning Services server and the ARDBP32.BIN file?
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Yep that's exactly what I'm doing.  Yes, options 66 and 67 are defined.  I have the IP Address defined instead of the hostname to ensure the proper source.  I have some Wyse Xenith devices that pick it up and run just fine.  It's the regular desktop machines that aren't picking it up.  I've defined the desktop as a device within PVS and assigned it the appropriate vdisk.
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by:TIDIProducts
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I should also note that I do have option 60 defined as well with a value of PXEClient.  I know that XD5 only needs 66 and 67.  Could this possibly be creating an issue?
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Okay I made some progress.  I took Option 60 out of the DHCP options and the error went away and the machine was able to move to the next step.  Now it is trying to boot to the Windows 7 image I've defined and it gets part way into the boot process, then reboots in the middle before ever getting into Windows.  

Thoughts?
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Rebooting before it ever loads Windows?  Do you see any portion of Windows loading?  Any errors during the boot process, such as not finding the vDisk?  Sometimes when I see problems like this I find that disabling TCP/IP High Send Offload helps.  I'm assuming this image is from the same hardware base that you are trying to stream to?
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That could possibly be my issue. I was attempting to take a VM image that I had created and stream that directly to a physical desktop.  The VM was created from within XenCenter itself.  I was thinking that because Windows 7 is pretty decent at detecting new hardware and such, it would fire up, recognize the changes and run.  

Windows does start to load, shows the loading splash screen and then reboots at that point.
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PVS can stream to a different hardware platform using the Common Image settings, though there are some requirements.  

http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/index.jsp?topic=/provisioning-56/pvs-vdisks-common-image-create.html
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Thanks amichaell.  That hits right on what I needed.
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My pleasure.  Good luck!
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