My goal is to use my slackware server to perform a windows 7 installation via pxe/tftp.
Now, I have decent experience using slackware as a pxe/tftp server. I've pretty much always followed alienbob's guide on the subject with positive success. However, I've only succesfully performed slackware installation iva pxe/tftp. I've attempted to host windows in the past, but was unsuccessful. I'm revisiting the subject, as I now need to reload win7 on a laptop for a friend, where the optical drive is inoperable.
As I mentioned above, I followed alienbobs guide as the main reference (using the simple dhcpd method, without restricting the boot range via mac address).
According to some documentation I found online, using the latest version of syslinux, you can host an iso to perform a pxe installation. I found this mentioned here a)
and here b)
However, I seem to be having trouble loading the iso's I'm using. First, I tried hosting the WinPE 2.0 disk. (I did not create this disk via the windows advanced installation kit, rather I downloaded a copy). Next, I tried loading the win7 iso i have (created from my windows7 installation disk), without success. (Note: my win7 iso is a slimmed down version and is 1gb in size. I've used this disk several times succesfully and have several systems using this copy).
The target system is a sony vaio laptop (which has been giving me such a headache). I enabled pxe boot in bios. During startup I select network boot, the system successfully grabs an ip address, it loads the pxelinux.cfg default configuration, loads memdisk, and proceeds to load the iso. After a few minutes, I see the system begin to load memdisk, at which point i'm prompted to press a key to load a cd/dvd.
However, when I press a key to proceed, the screen goes blank.
This is where i'm stuck. There aren't any clues in the server that indicates any odd behavior otherwise (dmesg and /var/log/messages only show eth0 link up at full duplex.
Does anyone have any success hosting iso via pxe/tftp method? Any suggestions or help in this matter is greatly appreciated!