My issue is this, I've been working on a PXE server that uses a GENTOO BASE Im starting to figure things out but at every corner there is a failure, I am by no means a linux expert, my friend and fellow tech GURU got me into this and is too busy most of the time to help
my background is a IT tech, apple certified, a+, etc. I mostly work in windows and osx. standard stuff, virus removals, cloning/data recovery/backup images using acronis and woundershare, clonezilla etc.
Iv'e always used multiboot USB's (currently YUMI) but im tired of making them all the time for new techs wanting custom multiboot usb's so i started a project PXE server to do this
I have slip streamed Windows installers AKA all-in0ones. i have them as:
xp 9n1 (xp home, pro,media center etc
VistaAIO SP2 integrated. (all versions x64 and x86)
Win7AIO (same as above)
Win8AIO (same again) (not too worried about getting this to work its on the back burner)
Also i need a couple of linux live CD's and some tech tools
I've been beating at this for 3 days straight almost formatted the server last night i was so pissed i couldn't get this stuff working
so in /var/tftpd I have : memdisk, pxelinux.0 gpxelinux.0, menu.c32, vesamenu.c32, linux.c32 and i have folders for each OS : Win7, winV, Ubuntu, Pear6, Hirens(i know not to ask for help on that one) and pc check classic.img
I had PC check working however when i rebuilt my server (added gnome cause working in a limited back end was too much for me.) i lost the pc check image to i need to re extract from the iso.
now in my pxelinux.cfg i have a default menu i was meddling with attempting to get stuff working. first i was just trying to load the .ISO's
halfway worked. pear would load sometimes and sometimes it would say there's not enough memory to load blablabla and somtimes it would load to the menu where it says try pear and when i selected that it would start loading then i would recieve initfs error unable to obtain a medium for the specified image, same with ubuntu, windows would load the installer and then when i clicked the setup (my win7aio has embedded 64bit recovery mode as option.) i would instantly get an I/O error.
after googleing a bit i wanted a better option i was told i could just extract the iso.s and put the extracted file in its folder under tftpd and point to the files i needed in the pxelinux.cfg. and ive been trying to do that but all the guides i find people are using NFS i know im not as smart as most of you so i was hoping someone may chime in and help me get this booting b4 i give up. right now i can pxe boot and the menu come up, the LABELS are shown as i modify/add them i've since extracted these .iso's into each of the folders. but i cant get anything working. If there is a better faster and easier way to accomplish this let me know
I will output my pxelinux.cfg file here tomorrow morning. as of now i don't have any time left tonight
oh and the system is a dell studio with core2quad, 320GB HDD, 3.5GB DDR2, GB ETHERNET