Hello,

I am looking for network adapters that have on-chip support for network booting. Specifically, I am looking for cards equipped with PXE (pre-execution environment.)

I am puzzled why there seems so little information on this topic as I was under the impression all modern adapters had built in support for PXE. However, I have found PXE only on the current 3COM adapters. Can anyone suggest other PXE-capable network cards?

Thanks,

Kerry
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I find the Intel cards very good. All new Intel network cards come with PXE boot enabled including on-board cards.

It's also quite easy now to get RIS working with these cards. We usually buy the Intel Pro 100S if we have to but usually standardize on a specific Intel motherboard which comes with the Intel Pro 100VE.
Answered 07/08/2005 by: markberry
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Thanks for the lead Mark. So that makes Intel and 3COM, but are there any others? I find it telling that both these manufacturers list PXE prominently in the respective card feature list, but for other manufacturers such as Netgear I can't find mention of PXE anywhere in the entire site!

By the way, I too am interested in RIS as my question grows out of a project I am currently contemplating. I want to build a mini server cluster in which most if not all installation will be performed remotely.

Kerry
Answered 07/08/2005 by: snelephant
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Broadcom has PXE support as well.

Don't your machines have on-board LAN? All current chipsets with on-board LAN feature PXE 2.0. It's just not a selling criteria, so the manufacturers don't point it out specifically.
Answered 07/13/2005 by: KPrinz
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Broadcom has PXE support as well.

Don't your machines have on-board LAN? All current chipsets with on-board LAN feature PXE 2.0. It's just not a selling criteria, so the manufacturers don't point it out specifically.


Yeah but it works for what we need it for. All PC's are installed using RIS, all the onboard cards work well with it and that is all we need.
Answered 07/13/2005 by: markberry
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