[clug] Booting to Windows SCCM using syslinux / gPXE

Jamie Reid jamie at jre.id.au
Fri Oct 7 22:08:02 MDT 2011

We are using gPXE, it does some nice things :)

Our idea is to have something (at the moment the gPXE config files/scripts
are dynamically generated by PHP) check if the client's MAC address is
'approved', if it is, boot to a custom menu.  If it's not, pass the PXE boot
request to the Windoze servers.

We get close, we have syslinux *almost* successfully booting the Windoze
SCCM; it loads, but almost immediately crashes.  (We had to rename the file
to pxeboot.0 from pxeboot.com)

I think our next step is to try approaching the problem a little differently
and have gPXE do the tests before we load syslinux (currently, we're trying
to pass the requests / boot the Windoze file _after_ syslinux loads, I think
this is where our problem is).

On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM, Scott Ferguson <
scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 07/10/11 14:24, Jamie Reid wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Long time lurker, first time poster.
> >
> > Does anyone know how I can boot a Windows SCCM boot file (.com) via tftp
> > from a vesamenu.c32 menu?
> >
> > I've tried googling around but had no luck.
> >
> > -Jamie
> No.
> But it's possible.
> I'm not familiar with the vesamenu - but have in the distant past used
> Linux to do pxe/RIS Windoof installs (I used Barts PE).
> I vaguely remember having to change the boot file extension - but you
> should check.
> Hint: try searching for "linux pxe windows installs"
> Get it working using the default menu system - then move to a graphical
> menu. The vesamenu looks purdy, and will get you around the menu entries
> limitation of the text menu (but that's all it does).
> GPXE is superior to the old pxe, and will do everything that pxe could do.
> Cheers
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