View Full Version : [all variants] PXE boot with multiple/unknown machines

May 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM
I have an isolated network for experimentation's sake. One computer (the sever) can get to the network for the sake of installing packages as needed, however usually this computer is not connected to the internet.

It is always connected to a 24-port Gb switch, each port with an computer that is set to boot via PXE.

I'm following a how-to to get the dhcp and tftp server set up but I've run into a problem.
This method requires that I know the MAC address of each computer that will be booted in this manner and this will not be a manageable solution.

Does anyone know of a method that does not require me to know the MAC addresses so that any PXE bootable device I attache will boot with the image I've prepared?

The server is running Hardy Heron.

May 12th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Could you please post your /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf here? I'm pretty sure the problem is in there somewhere. (BTW, I'm pulling that path from memory, so if it's wrong, please don't shoot me).

May 13th, 2008, 12:17 AM
The DHCP server requires a MAC address to provide an IP address. So long as DHCP is configured correctly, each machine should be able to create a tftp connection. Based on your description, I don't see what would require non-automatic MAC information.

I hope that made sense :P
Best of Luck