We have brand new Dell Optiplex 9020's with dual NIC's.  I am trying to PXE boot using the onboard NIC to image a computer but it won't boot.  I have installed what I believed was the correct boot driver from Intel's website according to multiple threads i've read and and still does not work. Does anyone have any ideas? thoughts? suggestions?

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  • "Won't boot" isn't really an accurate description of the problem is it? It implies that the machine sits there, blinking at you and not booting at all.

    Do you see the PXE boot process starting on the machine but it then tries to boot from the hard drive/CD/whatever (depending on how you have your boot order set)? Are you sure that PXE booting is switched on in the BIOS? Many vendors disable it as a default.

    We need much more information.
  • There is a known problem with the Intel ethernet connection I217-LM NIC card. There are many threads out there about this card not working with PXE Boot. Yes, PXE boot is selected in the BIOS. It is has dual NIC's, an onboard NIC (the Intel ethernet connection I217-LM NIC card) as well as another added NIC. PXE boot works from that card, but we wish to use the onboard NIC as the permanent connection. When we attempt to PXE boot with the onboard NIC, it starts up like it's supposed to but then we get the message that there is no connection to the server and it says it's exiting, press any key to reboot the system. The correct MAC address is entered into our system and it is assigned an IP address. I have been told as well as on Intel's website that e1d62x64.sys is the correct driver, but it is not working. Anyone else had this issues with the 9020's or this particular NIC card?
  • it is more likely the bios vesion, this task is at a lower level that does not need drivers yet. I would look at the bios version, that is where the pxe boot code is stored.
    http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/bios-pxe-boot-issues
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