After attending Kace Konference last week and learning about troubleshooting post install tasks using a Virtual Machine, I thought I'd give it a try.  So I downloaded the free VM player to try this out.


Everything installs fine, but then I try to PXE boot to the new Virtual Machine I set up, I'm greeted with it trying to connect to the DHCP (it has the "spinner"), then it says:

"PXE-E53: No boot filename received."  Then it exits.

I thought it may have been a driver problem, and that seemed to be echoed here:


However, that article says to put those drivers in the "ALL" directory, and my \drivers directory does not have an "ALL" directory.  I tried putting them in drivers\kbe_windows_x86 (and recached) but that didn't seem to work.

So, I'm not sure where my issue is... Is it that it won't work with the free version of VMware Player, that I don't have the drivers loaded right, or something else?

Many thanks.

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Make sure your network adapter is set to bridged and not NAT(default). Setting to NAT will give you something like a 192.168 IP. Also if you are recaching your drivers make sure you are rebuilding your KBE afterwards.

Answered 12/17/2012 by: dugullett
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  • I agree you are most likely getting that error since your nat network does not have the dhcp options 66, 67 setup so it cannot find the boot file
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Thank you, this did the trick!

Answered 12/18/2012 by: sundermannc@wdmcs.org
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