PXE Network Boot must be installed to TFTP-server in Data Center. This process must be completed once for each new PXE Boot version for the entire Data Center.
To use PXE Network Boot, you need a PXE-enabled network card. Most of the on-board network cards in modern computers support PXE out of the box. But if your computer is an older model, you may need to get a PCI network card that supports booting from the network. An example of a PCI network card is the Intel EtherExpress 100Mbps.
You also need a working DHCP Server and TFTP Server. The next sections describe the configuration of DHCP and TFTP Servers on Linux or Unix and on Windows. If you already have both of these servers set up in your network, skip the next sections.
- Configuring DHCP Server on Linux or Unix (ISC DHCPD)
- Windows - Configuring DHCP Server on Windows
- Configuring TFTP Server on Linux or Unix
PXE Environment is typically already configured in Data Centers and local networks. So, the sections are written mostly for technical support engineers working in the Data Centers and having administrative access to DHCP and TFTP Servers.
If you do not have administrative access to DHCP and TFTP Server, ask the server administrator to install PXE Network Boot on the TFTP Server and configure the DHCP Server to enable it.