HP Z230 How to setup Network Boot Only or Restart

Faisal Mushtaq
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Hi

I want to setup my HP Z230 workstation to boot from network only and if it fails to boot then it must restart.

My boot options are Legacy Boot is enabled with only Network Controller enabled and Hard Drive or other options are disabled.

When I try to boot it does try to boot from network but rather restarting stops at following:
Non-system disk or disk error
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did you configured the network boot on the bios ... it should fetch the ip over DHCP from Image server, did you configure the image server for the specific o/s

if yes what is the image server sens the detailed configuration info..

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Post pictures of your boot order(s)? But also, I haven't seen systems actually restart when failing on network boot when set for only network boot. So the problem is most likely not with your boot order, but with action taken on the failure of a network boot.

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Thanks SAM

Its enabled in BIOS. At boot, it attempts to boot from network and does boot from network.

My point is if image server is down then my Z230 must keep rebooting rather attempting to boot from disk or something and stopping at:
Non-system disk or disk error
Replace and strike any key when ready

Because when this happens, system stops trying booting from network and manual intervention is needed which I don't want. I've already mentioned that 2nd or 3rd boot option is disabled and only boot from network is enabled.

Hope you understand.

Regards

FM
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Not all machines allow this option. Its clear what you want to do, but I do not think your workstations allow it. Some machines have options for what to do on boot failures, which would letnhoy choose to restart or do nothing. Without this option you are kind of stuck.
Thanks mansrock

Basically, I had the same feeling but wanted to take a chance if there's a way or workaround.

I managed to solve this by adding a hard-disk with MS-DOS on it and putting simple reboot command in autoexec.bat while keeping boot from network as first option and hard-disk as second option.

Thanks for taking time and sharing valuable info.

Regards

FM

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For my issue, I was trying myself to find a solution. While agreeing to an assistive reply from
manrock i tried my own workaround and it worked. I shared what I did so that if someone else needs a similar solution and my workaround may help in that regard.

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