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Old 03-22-2006, 10:05 AM   #1
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PXE/Network Booting OS

First, thank you for taking time to read this. I am currently attempting to set up some older machines with Linux, some of which can't boot from a CD, others the CD-Rom drive doesn't work right. I decided to look into PXE as a viable method to install linux on them or use them as terminal servers. I have a Compaq Proliant 800 with Ubuntu (5.10 I think) in the corner I was going to use to host the PXE server and TFTP server. First could someone point me in the way of a good guide on how to do this? Second, although the server and all the older machines are hooked together via ethernet, I am using a wireless-ethernet bridge so that I can get on the internet and get DHCP. Can you use the netgear DHCP server with the PXE and TFTP servers on the host computer? Also, if I host PXE and TFTP servers on a machine thats on the wireless network, can the PXE clients still access it? Any comments or help are appreciated

Old 03-23-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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Ouch. From working with PXE, I can tell you that if they are a bunch of different machines, and they're old, you probably want an accident to happen to them so they're destroyed rather than trying to make this work. If they're the same, you might have a shot. The reason is that older machines have many firmware issues with PXE, before you even begin to worry about the OS, or the wireless.

The only way I've done this using by using products such as Ardence BXP. ( Even then it was difficult to do dependent upon the network transport. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.


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