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Quick How-To Boot Windows Diskless with AoE (instead iSCSI)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:56 PM

Quick How-To Guide
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1 – Preparing Windows to Boot Diskless with VirtualBox/Vmare Workstation/ESX
  • Install Windows 7/8/2003/2008 on a Virtual Machine ( create a disk type .vhd with fixed size )
  • open a cmd as administrator and type two commands:
C:>bcdedit  -set  TESTSIGNING ON

C:>bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
  • reboot the virtual machine
  • Download and Install WinAoE Driver as Storage Controller
  • Download and Install CCBoot Client without options
  • Shutdown Virtual Machine
2 – On Server
  • Copy .vhd to server (is the same dont need)
  • Install a DHCP Server with option bootfilename: grldr
  • Install a TFTP Server and set tftp-root folder
  • Download grub4dosand extract ‘grldr‘ and ‘menu.lst‘ files to the tftp-root folder
  • Edit menu.lst file with this content:
title === MENU BOOTS ===




title Windows 7 Diskless

map --mem (pd)/ipxe.iso (0xff)

map --hook

chainloader (0xff)
  • Create a text file ‘conf.ipxe’ with this content:

dhcp net0

set keep-san 1

sanboot aoe:e0.0
  • Download ipxe.iso and with UltraISO, open the ipxe.iso with UltraISO and edit ISOLINUX.CFG with this content:
SAY iPXE ISO boot image


DEFAULT ipxe.lkrn

LABEL ipxe.lkrn

KERNEL ipxe.krn

INITRD conf.ipxe
  • Update the ISOLINUX.CFG on UltraISO with new content
  • Drag the file ‘conf.ipxe’ to inside UltraISO and save the file.
  • Put ipxe.iso on the tftp-root folder
  • Start DHCP Server
  • Start TFTP Server
  • Download and install WinPCAP and vBlade Target System ( AoE ) and export the target of .vhd:
  • First find the Device Name of your Network Card with bogus caracters (xxx).
vblade -b 65 0 0 xxx “d:path_to_you_vhdwindows.vhd”
  • after copy and paste the Device{value}
vblade -b 65 0 0 “Device{value}” “d:path_to_you_vhdwindows.vhd”
  • Ready ! Boot one machine by LAN Boot, or create a VirtualBox/Vmware Virtual Machine without Disks !
  • You can boot a lot of Machines creating a specific ipxe.iso for each one, dont forget to edit ‘conf.ipxe’ with diferent targets ( e0.0, e0.1, e0.01), create respective ipxe-e0.0.iso for each workstation, add the menu.lst entry too for each ipxe-e0.x.iso
have fun !
More detailed Configuration with Video Tutorials in Oficial How-To.

Edited by rebit, 01 July 2012 - 11:00 PM.

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