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Hello,
I have a custom bootable ISO image which i burn to CD's and DVD's to boot the machines, but recently managers decided to remove the optical drives from all computers. looks like i should get an PXE server up and running so that i can boot network machine from it using my own ISO image.


what are my options.. !


Thanks

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Why not boot from USB or if you really want to use PXE, how about the HP MicroServer or build your own.

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are'nt there any software soloutions... !!

like acronis PXE server.. but i dont need those hi functionalities etc.. and cant afford licence !!

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Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

It'll be on add/remove programs in 2003, come with PXE as part of the package.

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You can use imagex and WindowsPE to create a tool that will allow you to boot from USB and select your custom WIM files. This is what we use at the office and it works great and is quick.

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Here you go this is FREE and can boot all kinds different things and great for deployment of OSes

[url="http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/"]http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/[/url]

You should be able to boot your iso using pxe with it.

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[quote name='-V3n0m555-' timestamp='1322497528' post='594481217']
are'nt there any software soloutions... !!

like acronis PXE server.. but i dont need those hi functionalities etc.. and cant afford licence !!
[/quote]

What you asked was a question, not an exclamation. You should've used "??" instead of "!!"

anyway, there's a free tool called netboot i believe, i used it along with a tftp server to remotely install ubuntu on vm's.

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grub4dos will boot iso files over pxe / tftp but the iso has to fix in ram,
Also not all iso files will work, anything like a windows installer will loose the iso when it boots.
There are ways around it but we need to know whats on these iso images.

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FOG is another one worth looking at, OpenSource Freeware.

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I think the OP found what he was looking for 2.5 years ago. 

 

Locking this up.

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