After you have all prerequisites (Prerequisites for using PXE network boot) in order, use the following steps to install PXE Network Boot.
If you do not have administrative access to the DHCP, TFTP, and NFS servers, ask the server administrator to install PXE Network Boot on the TFTP and NFS Server and configure the DHCP Server to enable it.
The instructions below apply both to PXE Server and PXE Agent. The only difference is that any reference to server is replaced by agent. For example, archive directory is called "pxe-agent" instead of "pxe-server".
1. Extract the archive. If you have saved the PXE server archive to /root directory, and the filename of the archive is backupmanager-pxe-server.tar.gz, execute the following commands (as root):
The archive contains only one directory - pxe-server. Inside this directory there are two directories - debian-live and tftpboot. Place the first directory inside NFS share. Shared the second directory via TFTP. If your NFS share is /nfsroot and TFTP service is configured to serve files from /tftpboot directory, execute the following commands:
PXE boot environment comes preconfigured for NFS server with IP Address 192.168.1.1. If your NFS server has a different IP Address, please open the file /tftpboot/debian-live/i386/boot-screens/menu.cfg in your favorite text editor and change all occurrences of 192.168.1.1 to the IP address of your NFS server. Otherwise, you cannot boot from the network.
2. Boot the server from the network. If the DHCP server, TFTP server, and network itself are set up and working correctly, the Debian Live welcome screen appears after booting from network. Press <Enter> to continue the boot process.
3. The system displays numerous debugging messages from booting Linux kernel. After a short period, the R1Soft Disaster Recovery welcome screen appears. Even if you are booting PXE server environment, the Backup Agent starts automatically.
4. You do not need to run the netconfig command because the network is configured. Read more on this topic in Configuring Network for Bare-Metal Restore.
5. You are ready to perform a Bare-Metal Restore. Proceed to the next step: Launching Bare-Metal Restore.