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Install XP remotely using PXE

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Hello,

I have XP running on Dell SC1425 and want to transfer that to another Dell Poweredge 2650.
The problem is that my internal CDROM in my 2650 is no good and the 2650 does not support USB external CDROM boot. I know that I can buy an IDE card and install it, but I want to learn use PXE.

The 2650 is capable of PXE boot, but the problem is I don't know how to deploy that. I have Windows Server 2008 as workgroup server (NO Active Directory), if I can deploy PXE and transfer the XP image to 2650 (or install XP remotely to get the USB external CDROM to work), then once it regconize the USB, then I can install other drivers or copy image on top of it and so on....

 Thanks for helping
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The only way I know of installing PXE is through Windows Deployment Services.

Unfortunately for you, for this to work, you have to Sysprep an image for the server from a specific configuration, which you can't do, because your machine is not functioning.

In the future, you can use WDS to do this. We use it and it works great. We have 6-7 different images and when it boots up PXE you simply select the image you want and it does the rest.

I can give you a further detailed list of how to do this if you want.

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Can I Sysprep an image from a similar machine and use that image?
All I need is to have an OS on the 2650 and recognize USB external cdrom.
Once it recognize the USB external cdrom, then I can install other drivers for it.
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Hi pmasotta, I'm a totally newbie to PXE, so I guess your option is NOT for me.

Hi jonahzona, I think I run into the problem, the first thing I read was: "A Windows Deployment Services server must be either a member of an Active Directory domain or a domain controller for an Active Directory domain."
Like I mentioned above, mine server is a workgroup server. so I guess I can't use WDS either.

Any other advise?

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with your constrains I'm afraid you should forget about pxe.
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Thanks experts for helping, I've read all the articles in the links. But I was able to pick up another 2650 real cheap with DVDROM, so I can use this DVDROM on the other 2650.
Thanks again
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