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#26 florin91

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:14 PM

The firewall was disabled and it still did so. I updated the bios because it was old and now I can successfully boot to ipxe.

 

Now, how can I boot to a Windows 7 install disk ( .iso ) and install from it over the network ?

 

Thanks



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:34 PM

Hi Florin91,

 

If you have lots of memory, you can use memdisk+ipxe+http to pxe boot your windows.

 

Or you can pxe boot to winpe first and from there perform your windows installation.

For more details, sere here : http://labalec.fr/erwan/?p=423 . (drop the iscsi part in this guide).

 

Eventually, I could come with a simple "how to" install windows from a winpe booted over pxe.

 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:40 PM

Erwan, do you plan to add an NFS server to Tiny PXE Server? This is cool tool. I use a long time, but I came to the conclusion that lacks the NFS server. I need boot linux Debian console over network but this have config for NFS server :-(

Is it possible to add an NFS server?



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:22 PM

Hi Reboot12,

 

In the zip file, I have included winnfsd.

You can also find it here : http://sourceforge.n...ojects/winnfsd/ .

 

You'll find some howto's using Tiny PXE Server and NFS here : 

http://labalec.fr/erwan/?p=534 and http://labalec.fr/erwan/?p=471 .

 

NFS, or why not AOE and ISCSI are much more complex than a "simple" http/tftp server and since there are many windows free/opensource NFS daemons out there, it is not on my to do list (for now) to implement it.

 

On the other side, I was thinking that may be I could add a feature in Tiny PXE Server where one could start additional executables from Tiny PXE Server when pushing the start button (and kill the process when pushing the stop button).

 

Regards,

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:58 PM

On the other side, I was thinking that may be I could add a feature in Tiny PXE Server where one could start additional executables from Tiny PXE Server when pushing the start button (and kill the process when pushing the stop button).

Yes, this is good idea. When start/stop button and while run Tiny PXE Server depending on config.ini option start=1


Edited by reboot12, 23 October 2013 - 08:59 PM.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:33 AM

NFS, or why not AOE and ISCSI are much more complex than a "simple" http/tftp server...

I test Tiny PXE Server with HTTP but linux Debian filesystem.squashfs not boot properly over HTTP and show error stalled

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HTTP protocol is not good in this case because file .squashfs is loading all to RAM. NFS is better because not load all filesystem.squashfs to RAM and possible boot on machine with 512MB RAM :-). In my case filesystem.squashfs = 327MB


Edited by reboot12, 26 October 2013 - 09:33 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:47 AM

I found a problem with the ProxyDHCP function.

 

While booting SystemRescueCD with ProxyDHCP enabled the PXE booting works correctly. The kernel loads, then the systems starts it's DHCP client and it is not able to get IP from DHCP server.

 

When SystemRescueCD kernel sends DHCP discover, the Tiny PXE server responds as the first one with IP 0.0.0.0. Then for some reason The SysRescueCD ignores the next incoming DHCP offer with valid IP.

 

According to my research, the PXE ProxyDHCP should respond just to PXE queries, in order to not to break other than PXE related DHCP negotiations.

 

On the other hand The SystemRescueCD DHCP client should not ignore a valid IP offer after receiving the invalid one with 0.0.0.0 in it.


Edited by Sfor, 27 October 2013 - 05:48 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:11 AM

I test Tiny PXE Server with HTTP but linux Debian filesystem.squashfs not boot properly over HTTP and show error stalled

3982779.png

HTTP protocol is not good in this case because file .squashfs is loading all to RAM. NFS is better because not load all filesystem.squashfs to RAM and possible boot on machine with 512MB RAM :-). In my case filesystem.squashfs = 327MB

 

Hi Reboot12,

 

Indeed on machines where memory is limited, you should avoid methods where datas is first loaded to memory.

In your particular case, NFS is the preferred way I would say.

 

Regards,

Erwan



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:14 AM

I found a problem with the ProxyDHCP function.

 

While booting SystemRescueCD with ProxyDHCP enabled the PXE booting works correctly. The kernel loads, then the systems starts it's DHCP client and it is not able to get IP from DHCP server.

 

When SystemRescueCD kernel sends DHCP discover, the Tiny PXE server responds as the first one with IP 0.0.0.0. Then for some reason The SysRescueCD ignores the next incoming DHCP offer with valid IP.

 

According to my research, the PXE ProxyDHCP should respond just to PXE queries, in order to not to break other than PXE related DHCP negotiations.

 

On the other hand The SystemRescueCD DHCP client should not ignore a valid IP offer after receiving the invalid one with 0.0.0.0 in it.

 

Hi Sfor,

Thanks for your feedback.

 

Here below how I have implemented ProxyDHCP today :

 

1/
It sits on a subnet and sniff out PXE-based DHCPDISCOVER traffic (port 67 and/or 4011), and broadcasts back, alongside the corresponding DHCPOFFERs (from other server(s)).
The biggest difference being that ProxyDHCP sends null IP addresses (it focuses on extra information such as boot filename, etc).

2/
The client with then send DHCPREQUEST to both the dhcp server (port 67) and to the proxydhcp (port 4011).

3/
Both server will respond with a DHCPACK : the dhcp server with ip details and the proxydhcp with extra details like the boot file name.

 
I will review my code to be sure that it responds only to PXEClient in step 1.
 
Regards,
Erwan


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:39 AM

Well, I did a ipconfig /release and then ipconfig /renew in a Windows XP. It appears the Tiny PXE Server responded to the DHCP discover:

11:23:08 DHCPd:DISCOVER received, MAC:xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-50, XID:2D0AF7B9
11:23:08 DHCPd:OFFER sent, IP:192.168.122.1, XID:2D0AF7B9
11:23:08 DHCPd:REQUEST discarded, MAC:xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-50, XID:2D0AF7B9

 

The good side is the Windows XP does not have a problem with two DHCP offers. The funny thing is, the SystemRescueCD discards the Tiny PXE Server offer as well. But only when booted from a CD. When booted with PXE, the SystemRescueCD behaves differently. It enters a loop of DHCP dicover requests, for unknown reason.
 



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:15 AM

Hi Sfor,

 

Actually you did spot a nice flaw in my proxy dhcp implementation.

You are right : it should not send dhcp offer when the query is not coming from a PXEClient.

 

Download latest version (still 1.0.0.15) : I have fixed that.

Now TinyPXE Server will not interfere at all with a standard DHCP process.

 

You should now read (when the client is not a PXEClient) : 

12:16:13 DHCPd:DISCOVER discarded, MAC:34-33-31-37-35-34, XID:FFFFFFFF

 

Thanks a lot for this very interesting feedback !

Regards,

Erwan



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:35 AM

Thank you. It works correctly, now.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:52 PM

Thank you. It works correctly, now.

 

You may want to re download latest version.

Although the proxy dhcp now only answers PXEClient, I had introduced a regression.

Now fixed.

 

A proper proxy dhcp boot should look like this :

13:42:50 DHCPd:DISCOVER received, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, XID:F5137026
13:42:50 DHCPd:OFFER sent, IP:0.0.0.0, XID:F5137026
13:42:52 DHCPd:REQUEST discarded, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, XID:F5137026
13:42:52 DHCPd4011:REQUEST received, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, IP:192.168.1.133, XID:F5137026
13:42:52 DHCPd4011:DHCP_ACK sent, IP:192.168.1.133, xid:F5137026
13:42:52 TFTPd:DoReadFile:ipxe-undionly.kpxe B:1456 T:0
13:43:00 DHCPd:DISCOVER received, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, XID:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 DHCPd:iPXE user-class detected
13:43:01 DHCPd:OFFER sent, IP:0.0.0.0, XID:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 DHCPd:REQUEST discarded, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, XID:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 DHCPd4011:REQUEST received, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, IP:192.168.1.133, XID:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 DHCPd:iPXE user-class detected
13:43:01 DHCPd4011:DHCP_ACK sent, IP:192.168.1.133, xid:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 DHCPd4011:REQUEST received, MAC:00-1C-25-70-13-F5, IP:192.168.1.133, XID:5DFCDE28
13:43:01 TFTPd:DoReadFile:menu.ipxe B:1432 T:14546


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

Erwan, Many thanks for a great tool.

 

I am trying to boot directly into menu.ipxe, Using Tiny pxe on my Windows XP machine this works fine but on my Windows Seven pc Tiny pxe always serves up the pxelinux menu.

 

i have ipxe-undionly.kpxe as my Boot File Filename and menu.ipxe as the class file name.

 

Infact on both machines from a fresh install i simply renamed the config.sample file to config.ini and like i said on xp it boots to the ipxe system and on seven it boots to pxelinux.o

 

I am using this in Proxy mode. and have tried using more than one client.

 

I would be very greatefull of any help.

 

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

This must have been a permisions thing or something related - i did another fresh install of windows 7 and this time it works.

 

Again Many thanks for a great tool.

 

PaulDG


Edited by PaulDG, 02 November 2013 - 10:19 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:08 AM

Thank you Erwan for this great piece of software. Everything works like charm (especially since 1.0.0.15 version).

Maybe configuring it is not so much intuitive but finally it works.

I am using it's proxydhcp functionality and ipxe with wimboot or pxeboot.n12 to load litetouch wims and install windows7 from deployment shares

I have one request, please include license information in program. Maybe in about window or separate text file like LICENSE.TXT

It's very important for my group.

Lack of this information prevents us from using your great software

 

Matheos


Edited by matheos, 05 November 2013 - 07:20 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:26 AM

Matheos,

 

Thanks for this positive feedback.

 

You are absolutely right about a licence.txt.

I will be working on that most probably later this evening or at worse this week.

 

Best Regards,

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:49 AM

Matheos,

 

Thanks for this positive feedback.

 

You are absolutely right about a licence.txt.

I will be working on that most probably later this evening or at worse this week.

 

Best Regards,

Erwan

May I suggest a BSD like or a Careware licence? :unsure: (if applicable)

(shameless push :blush:, but I do really like that approach):

http://en.wikipedia....D_License.22.29

http://jaclaz.alterv...s/careware.html

 

:cheers:

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:00 PM

Hi Erwan,

 

first thank you, for your well done work. It’s a really good program and it works  :good:

I’m booting  a WIN8.1 WinPE-file over the network. After a long day and testing several different configurations, it works very well.

 

But I have one problem. I have two LAN-card interfaces in my computer. Card one get’s the adress from a DHPC-Server (Range 192.168.3.xxx). The second card has a fixed IP-adress with 10.92.33.10. This second card was need for the TinyPXE Server. The DHCP server is only for the 10.92.33.10 active. the range-areas are completely physically separated. I need the following configuration, but if I save this in the config.ini several item are ignored at the next start.

 

Thank you Erwan for your great job. 

 

http://www.file-uplo...0.0.15.png.html  (sorry about the link, but how can i insert a picture?)

 

 

My config.ini

 

[dhcp]
;needed to tell TFTPd where is the root folder
root=files
;boot file - can be empty if you boot directly with ipxe/gpxe rather than intel pxe agent
filename=pxeboot.com
;alternative boot file is request comes from ipxe or gpxe
altfilename=
;my gpxe / ipxe dhcp options
optextra=175.6.1.1.1.8.1.1
;start HTTPd
httpd=1
binl=0
start=0
tftpd=1
proxydhcp=0
opt1=255.255.255.0
opt3=0.0.0.0.0
opt6=0.0.0.0.0
opt28=10.92.33.10
;opt15=
;opt17=c:\
opt54=10.92.33.255
;opt67=;
;opt66=
;opt43=
poolstart=10.92.33.251
poolsize=4

Edited by DHCP688, 06 November 2013 - 02:59 PM.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:26 PM

Hi DHCP688,

 

What is the question? If I get it correctly you would like to save in the ini file the card to bind to ?

 

Regards,
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Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hi Erwan,

 

yes, thats ok.

My computer includes two network-adapters, with two seperate local network areas. If I insert the IP adresess of the second network-card in the config.ini, it will be ignored after starting the pxesrv.exe. Also I need to set the checkbox "Bind TP" in this config.ini? How can I do this. 

 

It works all fine, when I config all manually with keybord and mouse (look at the picture in my first post). But I can't transfer this config into the config.ini. 

 

Thank's  Erwan  for your fast request

 

DHCP688


Edited by DHCP688, 08 November 2013 - 10:07 AM.


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 09:41 PM

Hi DHCP688,

 

Latest version now supports the following options in the ini file :

 

bind=1
opt54=1.2.3.4
 
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:28 PM

Hi Gents,

 

I have been pulling my hair for a few days now.

 

What licence shall I go for?

Once I have choosen the licence mode, how to (practially speaking) modify my package to clearly show what licence my free software falls in?

Shall I makde my own license.txt file? Are there examples I could re use?

 

In short, I want my software to be "free" (i.e not requiring any money), to be redistribuable for both individuals and profesionals, but not to be used for commercial purposes.

For now, the source code will not be included in the package.

 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:40 PM

The "commercial purpose" is a quite a wide term. What do you understand as a commercial purpose?

 

If the software is to be used by professionals, then how can they use it professionaly? I mean, professionals are taking money for their work, so it is some sort of a commercial activity, I think.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:50 PM

Hi Sfor,

 

By commercial purpose, I mean I dont want it to be sold but professionals are free to use it as part of their professional activities.

 

Regards,

Erwan







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