PXE server that is not DHCP server

Lev Lafayette lev at ivt.com.au
Wed Aug 1 06:42:21 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-08-01 at 02:12 -0400, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Lev Lafayette wrote:
> > Hey people (delurk etc),
> > 
> > Is there information on how to set up a PXE server when it is *not* the
> > main DHCP server?
> > 
> > I was hoping that it would be as simple as adding in a "next-server"
> > line in dhcpd.conf, but evidently this does not work.
> > 
> > This requirement comes about from Ubuntu 6.06 not recognising a CD-ROM
> > drive during an install. Pretty entertaining considering that it has to
> > boot from the CD-ROM and begin the install to get to that message :-)
> Ah, but it is your BIOS that recognizes the CD-ROM and boots into the 
> Ubuntu installer.  The Ubuntu installer just wakes up and says, "Where 
> am I?"

Good point Matthew. It's still amusing tho' :-)

The beast in question (and I mean a beast) is a Gigabyte 965GM-DS2 with
a generic Lite-On DVD/CD ROM drive... I have a PXE serber and DHCP is
managed by the router. This is all pretty normal so far (and all Dapper
with an attempted Dapper install).

The grand thing about the BIOS is that is has an option for PXE booting
but *only* through the onboard NIC (it won't try the installed NIC)...
which of course the DHCP server doesn't pick up and ergo, no PXE

So with no PXE install for Dapper and no DCD drive for Dapper I decided
to install Edgy.. which installed just fine *except* there's a whole new
slate of problems related to Xen and LVM for that distro....

It's just as well I have a good sense of humour :-) 

Lev Lafayette 
Internet Vision Technologies
Level 1, 520 Dorset Road Croydon, VIC 3136
Ph: +61 3 9723 9399

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