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Good Day,

I have a windows based network that uses Windows Deployment Server (WDS) to deploy windows images.  We are in the process of updating our windows based thinclients to linux based openthinclient clients.  Our DHCP server sits on the Windows Platform.


I need for the DHCP functions to continue as normal.  I also need the WDS server to function as normal.  I am trying to get the Windows DHCP server to redirect the Linux Thinclients to the Openthinclient server for booting and configuration.

I have created reservations in the Windows DHCP server for the MAC Addresses of the thin clients and modified the thinclients DHCP option 66 to point to the Openthinclient server.  The WDS server (on its own seperate ip address) still shows up during PXE boots and the Openthinclient Server is not.    The DHCP ipaddress that is assigned to the thinclients is correct so it must be functioning.

I am at a loss.  I am sure it is a DHCP setting that I am missing but I cannot figure out which one.

I currently am defining DHCP options 066, 003, 006, 015, 044, and 046 on the thinclients.

Your help in this matter is appreciated.
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Option 66 may not be enough, you might need to define option 67 too (boot file name).
But it may be easier to use WDS as the sole PXE Server and to configure it to direct the OTC nodes to use OTC TFTP server and NBP (network boot program).
Or you could use a "Meta-PXE Server" that could, with some rules, direct each client to the correct TFTP server with the correct boot-file name.
In one of my previous lives, I had designed and supervised the development of such a server.
It was HP Image-Manager PXE Server.
It is available as a component of HP TeachNow, that you can get here:
https://h20589.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=TNTRIAL
Let me know if this is useful to you and I'll give you instructions to extract and configure this PXE Server

If you want to know more about DHCP options and PXE, read my (short) article and its comments:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/A_2978-PXEClient-what-is-it-for-Can-I-use-PXE-without-it.html
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by:J. Mewaseh Quoimie
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i installed openthinclient but the manager is not opening.
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Is it a PXE issue ?
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