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Afternoon all,
Just wondered if anyone has a quick way to get up and running using Ghost v11 and PXE Server.  I have installed PXE Server element to ghost, and my machines are seeing the PXE Server.  However it is having difficulties after downloading the boot disk, hanging on 'Transfering control to Dos boot diskette image.....'
Ideally if someone has a generic network card boot .vfd file that they could let me have or explain how I can make one that would be ideal.

My Ghost server is currently running v11, on Windows 2003 server.

I was using the excellent Netboot, but a recent laptop purchase has a network card that isn't correctly identified.  I just thought it time I got on the PXE server distribution...

Regards,

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by:vivigatt
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A "generic" network card boot .vfd file might be difficult to create. In the past, Intel had a PXE-UNDI NDIS2 driver (NDIS.dos) that was supposed to work with all PXE cards (as long as PXE was still loaded on the client side), but AFAICR, it was never available to be re-distributed and was not maintained.

What is the NIC in the client platform that has some problems?
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by:Emanuel
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It is an Intel 82579 card, but netboot reports it to be a 3com Megahertz 574b card.  It tries to load the 3com driver but can never bind it.

Kindest regards,

Les.
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by:vivigatt
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Thats' why...
Do you need a "DOS disk image" for this card?
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by:Emanuel
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What I was hoping to do was use a generic CD or PXE boot that would do all cards.  Am I hoping for too much?

Regards,
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by:vivigatt
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Well, you could try with Intel NDIS.dos driver, but I doubt it works with all (recent) cards
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by:Emanuel
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Yes this is what I thought.  I have since built a ISO that boots Windows 98 and loads drivers that way and it is working.  I might just stick with that for now.

Thank you again.

Les.
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Try the attached .vfd floppy image (zipped after being created with WinImage).
I cooked it using some other bootable floppy and replaced the NDIS 2 driver (and references to it) with Intel PXE-NDIS2 driver
LanUNDIS.vfd.zip
(You have to rename the file to LanUNDIS.VFD, iOw remove the .jpg extension)

I could not test it, so I can't guarantee it even boots up.

There may also be some incompatibility with the PXE system you use.
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by:Emanuel
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Let me wind up the ghost server and install this.  Thank you again.  I might not get a response out until the morning but I am very grateful for your assistance.

Regards,
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