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Old 04-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
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pxe service for centOS 4.4!


Hello,

I was running centOS 3.8 until now and had no problems as it came along with pxe service; so there was no extra installation involved and I was able to use the pxe install with out any hurdles. Lately I upgraded to centOS 4.4; it seems to be working fine too but the problem that I am facing now is pxe service is no longer supported with standard centOS 4.4 image, hence I am not able to make use of that server for pxe installs. I tried to get pxe service installed on 4.4 but had no luck with that.

I was wandering if there is an easier way to install pxe service on 4.4; that will indeed be a great help for me as that will allow me to use upgraded version of centOS; all your help and comments are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
K2
 
Old 04-11-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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you've said nothing about what you've actually done, just that somethign didn't work. i'm not totally clear what you even mean by a pxe service... pxe is a method for a client to obtain a boot sector, there is no pxe "server" involved, that's a standard tftp service like tftpd-hpa
 
Old 04-11-2007, 03:59 PM   #3
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Chris,

Thanks for the reply and sorry for a very vague description. So here is what I am trying to do with 4.4 which I was able to do fine with 3.8:

For centOS 3.8 under System Settings/Server Settings/services you will find a service by the name pxe and as you mentioned it is use for pxe installs; here is the discription:
"A Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) Server. This server will allow you to network boot other PXE based machines."

Now I mount a bootable .iso on this server; I have a small pxe_install script that I run on the server; I user "serv -path" to mount the iso; the command starts the dhcp service; so that the client machines which are network boot enabled can load the os from here vs putting a cdrom installation. I am able to do this only if I have that pxe service installed and running.

On CentOS 4.4 there is no such service by the name pxe and hence I need to install one; I tried google but had not luck.

Hope I was bit more clear vs further confusing you!

~K2
 
Old 04-11-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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well this will not be a pxe server in the true sense, they would be wrapping a number of things to arrive at this one specific use for the things involved. to serve pxe client requests you need a dhcp server which can pass back a pxe boot server option, then a tftp server to be waiting for that connection to be established.
 
  


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