PXE - Howto

Ok, I have found a few resources on XE booting but have yet to finish what i am trying to do. I have my AD DHCP server running with options 66 & 67 set, but I think they are wrong. 66=IP of my Boot server, 67 is what???

I've used a TFTP server with no better success.

What i am trying to do is boot from the network and open a menu so that I can create or restore an image. The problem is that i don't understand the files I need to generate teh menu and be able to do this. I was trying BartPE and while I am able to boot off his tool to load the network drivers, I need to be able to do this without any disk (CD, Floppy, etc). A true network boot.

Thoughts? [:'(]

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Posted by: smason 13 years ago
Orange Belt
What O/S is your TFTP server, Windows? Linux?
What TFTP software are you using?
Posted by: dinodod 13 years ago
Yellow Belt
Sorry for the delay. Was busy with other stuff..
Windows 2003 Server using DHCP. TFTP software is called TFTP32 (by Ph. Jounin). After playing a bit more, I was finally able to use TFTP to get my boot menu to work from the network. :)

Ok, so now I need to understand how to add my own programs so I can launch them from the network (utility apps like fdisk, anytivirus, etc.). I'm guesing since these are pretty much all windows based apps, bartPE would be possible the easiest solution. Now I've been able to use BartPE on a CD and launch the Network support option which is pretty nice but is there an article on how to launch bartPE from the network (CD-Less)?

I also want to learn how to launch Ghost from the network, which I presume is a very common task. But again, this goes back to being able to launch an app from the network and unless I typed in something wrong, I can't just point to an EXE???

TFTP32 seems to be a pretty simple app but is there one better / more preferred?

What I am seeing in the default file is that it points to IMG files?! What are these files built from? Can I use anything else? I haven't seen any docs on how to build a boot menu properly.

Thanks for the support!
Posted by: Bobo 13 years ago
Orange Belt
One of the results when I searched the web...


For IMG files I'm using 3com Boot Image Editor, an old app to make floppys to IMG files.
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