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So here is my situation.  I need to image a lot of machines in a short period of time.  Right now all I have access to is a spare box with Windows 7 Professional 32bit.  I have installed GSS 2.5 on this box.  I installed the 3com PXE boot tool.  I followed the instructions from Symantec on how to configure it.  The issue I seem to be running into is with the DHCP portion.  This box is just going to be a standalone ghostcast server.  It will not be connected to any other parts of the network.  I set up a freeware DHCP server on the box to hand out the IP addresses.  But using the method given by Symantec, I can not get the ghost image to deploy.  Also right now, I don't have a network switch available to test with.  I have a test client connected to the ghostcast box via crossover cable.  I have a switch on the way and I need to have this running by then.  Any help would be appreciated.  

Just to be more specific, here is EXACTLY what I did.

Installed GSS 2.5
Installed 3com PXE server
Created network boot image with the ghost boot wizard
Created pxe boot menu and edited bootptab files as instructed by Symantec knowledge base
Installed TFTPd32
Installed DHCP server for IP addressing

I start the 3com PXE server with DHCP Proxy enabled
PXE boot the client machine, PXE server sees it, client shows the message "proxy request received, no DHCP request received"

I also tried to just point the DHCP server to the ghost image file using the bootfile option when it hands the address, when I do that I get "NBP is too large for freebase memory"
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Just an update for anyone who might be looking at this....

I scrapped the 3com software and changed direction.  Instead, I used tftpd32 as my DHCP server.  I created a boot image in ghost boot wizard for Windows PE.  I set the boot file in the DHCP options to point to the pxeboot.n12 file created by ghost.  This successfully pushed the Windows PE setup to the client.  Now, I just can't seem to connect to my ghost cast session.  I have disabled the windows firewall service as well as security center.  I uninstalled all antivirus software since this machine will never even touch the internet.  Have no idea why it won't connect though.
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I just want you guys to know that due to the fact that not a single person tried to help me, I am cancelling my membership right now.
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