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Old 07-28-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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PXE Boot: tftp, ftp or http?

Hi. Im having a problem with our pxe environment. We have around 200 clients per server to boot from tftp and when we hit 250 the service just freezes. So, our options are to either add more servers or move to a more robust protocol. Is this feasible?? How can clients boot from ftp? Thanks
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Actually, I would suggest your two main options would be:

1. Figure out how to "stagger" your PXE requests
<= You don't REALLY want a "thundering herd" of 100's of machines
all trying to network boot simultaneously, do you?

2. If you MUST boot 100's of machines all at once (or if you have
a constant stream of 100's of machines all booting and rebooting
all the time), then try segregating your "farm" into multiple
broadcast domains (each, presumably, with its own tftp and DHCP

'Hope that helps .. PSM
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Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately we must have those 200 clients booting at the same time. I just wanted to know if there was something better than tftp to do this.
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The best approach I have found so far is using tftp and then fallback to a samba server hosting the image. I am confused however, how do you configure the defult file in tftpboot to get to the samba server? We are trying to install winpe by the way.

Source: This tutorial.


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