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Download Tiny PXE Server

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pxe boot sanboot http ipxe gpxe dhcp proxydhcp

Hi Gents,

I have been playing with pxe booting for a while, first starting with pxelinux, then gpxe and lately with ipxe.

I am mostly a windows user and as an IT often needs a quick (=no install) and portable (=run from USB) dhcp server including a tftp server and a http server offering me then pxe booting.
I could use tftp32 or serva but i like to make my own tools and these 2 were missing some features here and there.

So here comes a small portable dhcp server including a tftp and a http server.

This is freeware (and will always be), should be opensource and the unique here idea is to share and contribute.

-dhcp daemon supports an alternative filename based on the user-class thus enabling chainloading (gpxe->pxelinux, ipxe->script, etc), and also support settings dhcp options (which can then be used by your boot loader)
-tftp daemon supports tsize and blksize commands.
-http daemon support head, range (mandatory for ipxe sanboot options) and over 2gb iso.
-new in version : BINL (RIS & WDS) support
-new in version : DNS daemon
-new in version : ProxyDHCP option
-new in version : support pcbios/EFI mode

The root home of tftp and http is the folder where you main pxe loader sits.
I put all my iso files in a sub folder called images.
I put all my wim files in a sub folder called sources.
I put all my other loaders, in case I want to chain load, in next to my main loader (bootmgr, pxelinux, gpxe, grldr, etc)

In the attached screenshot, i load ipxe then chainloads a script (menu.ipxe).
In the script 3 different methods : the classic memdisk, a newer approach with sanboot and a new kid on the block wimboot.

More info about these loading methods here :

Side note about ipxe+sanboot+http : I am big fan.
I have always been looking for a quick and efficient boot from lan methods and this is one is great : executes as it read and faster than memdisk since no preloading of the ISO is required.
iPXE reaches 50/60 MBits/secs on my lan.

Any questions, feedback is welcome.


What's New in Version (See full changelog)

  • modified : pxe options hidden by default
  • modified : altfilename hidden by default
  • fixed : form no more stays on top
  • fixed : form position is default
  • fixed : auto add character '/' when requesteddocument is a folder
  • fixed : bug in tftpd daemon : blksize was not handled when tsize was set. would not affect all clients, but would affect wds
  • modified : change of name for Tiny PXE Serve
  • added : binl active if at least one of the binl fields is field (wdsnbp.com will query a new boot file name and bcd file name (option 252))
  • added : BINL checkbox (will actually enable proxy dhcp on udp:4011)
  • added : support for NCQ requests, will send back NCR answers with correct driver details : enabling RIS/XP network installation
  • fixed : in dhcp, answer.flags=query.flags now
  • added : more debugging
  • fixed : random timeouts on tftp. oack return moved to thread.execute rather than thread.create
  • added : will use datas from config.ini, if any (see sample)
  • added : auto start of services possible
  • added : about box
  • added : forms will remember last top/left position
  • fixed : working/current directory
  • added : dns server (will send back A/PTR records only, use the windows hosts file to add records)
  • added : can use @mac or @ip in the filename to send back the requester mac or ip as part of the filename/path
  • added : ability to filter (inclusive) mac addresses
  • added : quick and dirty faq that will evolve as it goes
  • added : proxydhcp option in the gui
  • added : proxydhcp option in config.ini
  • modified : cleaner log
  • added : verbose option in config.ini
  • fixed (again) : unicast/broadcast will match the query
  • added : log option in config.ini to log to a file
  • added : option (smb) in config.ini to create auto a windows share named PXE pointing to boot folder
  • fixed : in proxydhcp mode, will not send a dhcp_offer if query is not coming from a PXEClient
  • fixed: remoteport=4011 when srcport=4011 -> was preventing some ipxe client to boot (uefi for exemple)
  • changed: opt60='' by default when using opt67 (was 'PXEClient' before) -> was preventing ipxe client to boot with opt67
  • changed: opt60='PXEClient' when proxydhcp=1 (was hardcoded before) -> more flexible
  • fixed: xid is now displayed correctly -> was reversed order
  • fixed: was sending an empty boot filename in proxydhcp in the dhcp_offer stage -> removed, was preventing proxydhcp+opt67
  • changed: bind=true by default when multiple interfaces detected -> was not preventing pxe boot with multiple interfaces when bind=false
  • fixed : should detect if a socket is already in use
  • fixed : messages sent from threads would not always reach the memo box
  • added : will execute an executable/batch if cmd parameter is present in config.ini
  • fixed : httpd will be handle both non keep-alive (default) and keep-alive http requests
  • fixed : would create crashes (under certain conditions) if the root path was incorrect
  • fixed : would not start tftpd if not set in config.ini
  • added : support for dhcp-relay
  • added : opt252 in config file
  • added : @arch variable can be used in the altfilename (next to @mac and @ip). 00000 = bios, 00006=efi32, etc ... see https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4578.txt
  • fixed : tftpd will also bind if option is checked
  • modified : if the root folder in config.ini is incorrect, it will be set to the exe current directory
  • modified : if the filename cannot be resolved (like when using @arch or @mac), it will not prevent execution
  • modified : tftp will display the full path (within root) for a file request
  • added : @arch will also be used in opt252
  • fixed : opt67 in the config.ini would not set the root folder
  • added : [arch] section in config.ini optional, applies to filename and opt67. ex values -> 00006=bootia32.efi, 00007=bootx64.efi, etc ...
  • added : support for nics.txt for BINL (overule the inf parsing)
  • fixed : opt13 was incorrect when loading a filename thru config.ini
  • fixed : opt13 was incorrect when using arch=00007/00006
  • fixed : when using opt67, would crash if [arch] section was missing
  • added : can re load settings from config.ini
  • added : can save settings to config.ini
  • added : smb checkbox
  • fixed : httpd uses fmShareDenyWrite to allow multiple i/o to one file
  • added : sent bootp packet will be word aligned
  • added : will replace \0 by null char for opt60,66,67 (some pxe clients require a null terminated string there)
  • added : support rfc951 = bootp request will be handled as dhcp request (rfc951=1 in config.ini)
  • added : no_hostname=1 in config.ini to skip the server hostname field
  • changed : if opt54/opt43='' then skip the option
  • added : no_opt13=1 in config.ini to skip option 13
  • changed : opt53 skipped if bootp request (i.e not a dhcp request) to be compatible with bootp clients
  • added : root can be an http url (netboot for debian, ubuntu, ...)
  • fixed : stream.free on udp transfer complete
  • added : can log to a syslog server (add syslog=host in config.ini)
  • fixed : non critical udp socket errors would stop the dhcp daemon
  • added : in analysedata, will exit loop as soon as a dhcp message is found
  • added : in analysedata, will prevent (byte)offset>255
  • added : offline button will terminatethread if still active (53,67,4011)
  • fixed : no more high cpu usage on random occasions
  • added : new options skip_dhcp_inform & skip_dhcp_discarded
  • added : forcerenew dhcp messages logged
  • added : new option wsMinimized in config.ini to start the app minimized
  • fixed : @mac,@ip,@arch added to dhcp_offer (was only dhcp_ack before)
  • fixed : pool start correct when opt54 set in ini file
  • todo : send arch in dhcp offer
  • added : @opt54 variable next to @mac,@ip,@arch -> similar to ${next-server} in ipxe
  • fixed : next server passed to send_dhcpoffer and send_dhcpack
  • added : will add a scrollbar when active monitor height <=600
  • added : vscroll=1 in config.ini will force a vertical scrollbar
  • fixed : option 6 dns server was wrong when choosing a different NIC
  • added : arch will be taken into account in the dhcp offer as well
  • fixed : tftpd can be disabled again in config.ini
  • added : will select the active nic in the opt54 combo box
  • modified : 2 more fields hidden and moved to the advanced part of the form
  • fixed : log to file is disabled
  • added : a syslog server is included in the zip file (syslog= in the config.ini)
  • modified : dns proxy will read entries from config.ini (section=hostname,ident=ip), no more from hosts file
  • added : right click open config.ini
  • added : right click open root_path
  • fixed : share folder will now add everyone read-only on share permissions
  • added : share is created with STYPE_TEMPORARY flag, i.e will not survive a reboot
  • added : TPS will answer to specific 'discovery' messages (see discover.zip)
  • fixed : wsMinimized=1 was preventing form_show and load_config
  • added : each daemon will report on which ip it is listening (useful to troubleshoot)
  • added : syslogd will read ip under [syslog] in config.ini if one wants to bind to a specific interface (instead of by default)
  • fixed : error handling in log_memo to avoid a possible date bug
  • fixed : httpd could not list files/folder in a non indexed folder
  • modified : ucimp.pas uses winsock, not wsck
  • modified : iphlpapi_helper.pas uses winsock, not wsck
  • modified : usnoop uses winsock, not wsck
  • modified : iptypes uses winsock, not wsck
  • modified : removed ipheader unit in main form
  • modified : TPS does not use wsck unit anymore
  • added : CTRL+R to refresh interfaces
  • added : [map] section, before=after
  • fixed : free stream after transfercomplete
  • added : safety counter when downloading from remote http server (udp to http)
  • added : /config:x:\path\config.ini
  • added : pick up another config file (menu)
  • added : CTRL+I to display current config file path
  • added: php,vbs,py files can be processed server side using php, vbs, py entries under web section
  • added : will notify in the log window if another dhcp server exists on the LAN
  • added : if index.html exists, http will display this file instead of listing directory
  • added : httpd will be bound to one interface (or binded...) if bind option is selected
  • fixed : http server now supports bigger than 2gb
  • fixed : minor bug in dnsd where the daemon would stop unexpectedly under some circumstances

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