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I got this to work one time but after that, it hasn't worked since. PXE boot works on desktops and in virtual box but doesn't appear to work in our ESXi cluster or Vmware Workstation. I did one PXE boot in workstation to do a new install for a sysprep but I did not like my setup so I deleted it so I could start over. Now it wont PXE boot.. just says PXE-E51 No DHCP offers were received. My network settings are in bridge mode and I have tried host only mode. I do not have any antivirus installed, I turned off my windows firewall and windows defender. What is weird is it doesn't boot on our ESXi cluster either.
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We do not have any issues with PXE in our Workstations under ESXi, the only issue we had, was to use the VMXNET3 Network Interface, and make sure this driver is used from VMware Tools, in the Program Files\drivers folder for the Windows OS build.

Are you using VMXNET3 interface ?
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ESXi I have VMXNET3 yes, on player I just have E1000 which is where I started from in the beginning. See attached, Top image is ESXi, bottom is player.
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guess it help if i attached it
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You are connected to the correct LAN ?
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Yep My DHCP shows 91 out of 100 connected IPs so I am not out of available IPs. I know the ESXi server is otherwise we would have a wide range of problems from terminal users
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Thinking having a sonicwall as a DHCP router is a problem after doing some googling
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I was able to solve my issue. Sonicwall doesn't work with PXE boot apparently even though bootp is enabled  "Allow BOOTP Clients to use Range" On the advance tab you have to specify the server and boot file. SonicWall DHCP doesn't send Option 60 and/or 66 the right way.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.10.desktopfiles.aspx
https://www.kace.com/support/resources/kb/solutiondetail?sol=SOL111367
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732351(WS.10).aspx
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Continue researching determined that there is nothing wrong with my WDS configuration it was my sonicwall.
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