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phaZed
02-26-2011, 09:20 PM
Hello everyone,

I am dead set on setting up a PXE server at my shop but I must claim ignorance. I have been researching different PXE setups and I understand the concept of how everything works.. but it looks to be a real pain in the arse.

I have some knowledge with Linux and the CLI, but I am in no way a professional CLI guy.

So, in a nutshell I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 (Bad Idea?), tftpd, and dhcp3 server.. the problem I see is that every tutorial I start to follow doesn't match the .conf files I have so I am reluctant to edit.

Any good thorough and up-to-date tutorials that I should know about?

/RANT
Where is the GUI PXE server? Geez.
RANT/

Sincerely,
Aaron Heidlebaugh

NETWizz
02-26-2011, 09:41 PM
The Clonzilla Live CD works well and you can run a PXE server from it. The easiest way though is to setup Windows Deployment Services with all the media... you must still use the customer's product key.

middleQ
02-27-2011, 01:36 AM
What were you planning on using the PXE boot for? Deployment or Thin clients? I usually find howtoforge.org a good place to find Linux setup info.

http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu_pxe_install_server

phaZed
02-27-2011, 03:52 AM
The PXE is hopefully going to be a deployment server for customer machines. I am looking to provide slip streamed Windows/Linux ISO's of all flavors. I also want to be able to boot utilities such as Avira Rescue CD, Ultimate Boot CD, etc... preferably to multiple machines at one time.

I am getting a new location for my business. I will have 3x as much space as I have now, so I plan on taking on more customers at one time. I am initially installing 4 work areas, each with 2 separate Cat6 runs. One run for the Internet/Local Network, and another for the PXE Server. I expect to be busy so I think a PXE server will help alleviate some of my work load and time wasted from using CD's.

phaZed
02-28-2011, 02:21 AM
http://www.howtoforge.com/setting-up-a-pxe-install-server-on-ubuntu-9.10-p3

Had some good instructions and worked with Ubuntu 10.10.

Now I just have to figure out how to use ISO's and images...

coreyspeed
02-28-2011, 09:44 AM
http://www.howtoforge.com/setting-up-a-pxe-install-server-on-ubuntu-9.10-p3

Had some good instructions and worked with Ubuntu 10.10.

Now I just have to figure out how to use ISO's and images...

I was going to recommend this guide as i wrote it, to you but it seams you have found it already

any problems let me know.

phaZed
02-28-2011, 02:29 PM
hey coreyspeed,

Nice write-up.. worked like a charm... I got the PXE server booting great with your instructions. Now I just need to get over my ignorance when dealing with different images. Have any good tutorials on how to boot ISO's (likely not possible, right?). I'm also looking to boot Windows installations from 98 to Win7. From what I have gathered, it looks like it is possible to boot XP with something like BartPE, and maybe Vista? I have come up empty handed when looking for Win7 install from PXE.

Of course, now that I have the Linux PXE server up and running, it looks like what I want is RIS, as NetWizz suggested. I just love Open Source stuff.. and I don't have a copy of Windows Server. Might be making a purchase soon if I find out I can't *easily* boot what I need with tftp PXE.

WOW, $28 for Win Server 2008 (1 user).. that's not bad.
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Windows+Server+2008&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=fu4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnsub&biw=2112&bih=1128&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1407238959701461999&sa=X&ei=5LBrTcXUMYP58Aaz4tHTCw&ved=0CJUBEPMCMAo#



Thanks

Knightsman
02-28-2011, 03:08 PM
Get a technet subscription, you can get all the ISO's you need, to include all of the server disks.

middleQ
02-28-2011, 03:13 PM
This is what I have used in the past. Takes a bit of setting up but works great.

Unattended server (http://unattended.sourceforge.net/)