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Netwok boot w/o PXE server

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Does anyone know a better , faster way to do a network boot w/o having to setup a PXE
in a Windows OS environment?
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Question by:SolracM
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by:Joseph Ruiz
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You can setup a PXE boot on Red Hat server instead:
http://linux-sxs.org/internet_serving/pxeboot.html
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by:SolracM
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Thank you but I guess I should have mentioned I do NOTwant to setup a PXE server on ANY platform
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by:Joseph Ruiz
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I dont understand... What are you trying to network boot into?
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by:vivigatt
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Very easy:
Use DHCP options 66 and 67.
No need for a PXE server.
DHCP option 66: TFTP server address
DHCP option 67: network boot program file (NBP) name.

When a PXE client receives a DHCP offer with options 66 and 67  set, it will immediately try to load the NBP using TFTP (the NBP must be available to that client via TFTP). If it can load it, then it will run it.

If you want to have a fully described, step by step set of instructions for a Windows environment, check HP's Image Manager user manual:
http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02165832/c02165832.pdf
Check Chapter 21 "Configuring the DHCP server".

HTH
 
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by:vivigatt
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Of course, you need to replace the NBP name with the one your client will use. It could be PXELINUX.0 for loading and running PxeLinux, or gpxe.0 for a PXE/UNDI version of gPXE (or iPXE, which is a fork of gPXE)
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by:SolracM
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Thank you all for your replies I think I will deploy a WDS server on win 2008
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by:Joseph Ruiz
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Yup thats what we have. Its pretty effective. Let me know if you need help making a menu to capture and deploy WIM-ages.
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Joseph Ruiz earned 500 total points
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Heres and example: Of course you can do it the Windows way also, but I feel this gives more customization.
 wimaging
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by:SolracM
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thank you so much
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