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#1 Raffye.Memon

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 14:44

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


#2 jamesclarke555

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 14:50

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

#3 OP Raffye.Memon

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 16:25

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

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

#4 Dan~

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 16:48

Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

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

#5 Lexcyn

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 16:50

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.

#6 +BudMan

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 16:50

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

http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/

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

#7 SirEvan

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 17:00

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

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


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.

#8 forgreatsource

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 17:32

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.

#9 CPressland

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:20

FOG is another one worth looking at, OpenSource Freeware.

#10 patpat

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:42

Free for non-comercial use.

http://www.vercot.co...indowsPXE1.html

 

Able to install Windows and non-windows OSs from a single

automatically generated menu.



#11 sc302

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 16:00

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

 

Locking this up.