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Create a iso AND a ramdisk for PXE-booting

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#1 Einar



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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:51 PM

This is sort of a "minimum what you need" to create a bootable iso-image which contains a bootable ramdisk which then again may also be used for booting from PXE enabled devices:

You (might) need a clean windows XP install, where you will be running Winbuilder. I found it veryconvenient to use Vmware Workstation and/or Vmware Server to install the clean XP where winbuilder would run
You need Winbuilder (I used both beta and stable versions)
You need ImDisk: http://www.ltr-data....ode.html#ImDisk
You need Windows server 2003SP1 files from cd or other resources

Instlal the clean XP
Install Winbuilder on your new XP
Install ImDisk on your new XP
Copy your windows 2003-server SP1 -files to a location on your new XP

Run Winbuilder
go to "download center"
Choose the "recomended" option.
Uncheck everything except the "LiveXP"-downloads
Download extensions you've chosen

In the scripts section, uncheck everything you really don't need (you actually do not have to do this to get a running iso/ramdisk, but it saves some time when compiling the images.) For a first try at least
Under the "finnish" section in "scripts", uncheck "burn image" (unless you actually ned to burn the image of course). Go to the "create image"-section an check the "boot SDI"-option. Under "Boot SDI", uncheck the option for "I provide the files ramdisk.sys, setupldr.bin"
Press the big green "play"-button on top right in winbuilder.
You will be asked to provide the location for your win2003SP1-server files. Please do that and press "Continue".
Get some coffee.
When the compiling is done, you will see Winbuilder try to start QEMU with your new iso-image. If this works, the ramdisk created alongside the iso will also work with PXE-boot.
the iso will be found in %winbuilderinstalldir%/ISO directory
while the RAMdisk will be found in %winbuilderinstalldir%/ISO/Ram directory


I hope someone finds this useful

#2 was_jaclaz



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Posted 14 October 2008 - 05:58 PM

Good work! :cheers:

Get some coffee.

As an alternative, take a short walk, hug somebody/something. :confused1:

I'm moving this to the Tutorial section, where it is more appropriate.



#3 amalux


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Posted 14 October 2008 - 06:50 PM

Yes Einar, thank you! Very simple and strait forward, I like it :cheers: Good work and welcome to the forum :confused1:

#4 Einar



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Posted 14 October 2008 - 11:02 PM

It also comes with a fairly useless bonustrack:
(although, if you download the psp-version, you might actually see all the action)

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