New iPXE Entries Not Showing



  • Hello,

    FOG: 1.5.2

    I setup a new iPXE entry using the directions found here:
    https://forums.fogproject.org/topic/10944/using-fog-to-pxe-boot-into-your-favorite-installer-images

    I added an entry for CentOS 7 according to the directions.

    When I boot a workstation either BIOS or UEFI I see no entry for PXE booting CentOS. To clarify I do get the menu with memcheck, deploy image, etc.

    My entry shows in the Web GUI under Settings | iPXE Menu Item Settings and shows the contents I placed in it when I created it.

    Are there some services that need restarts after configuring the menu or am I missing something here?

    In the iPXE menu where should the entry appear?

    Thanks


  • Senior Developer

    Fixed in working branch.


  • Senior Developer

    @zer0cool no need it’s easy enough to replicate I think and I can get it fixed pretty quick.



  • @tom-elliott This is accurate for me. When creating a new entry description doesnt save but the rest does. I am then able to edit it and add description.

    I will be blowing out the server and rebuilding from the ground up in the near future as this was just testing, so I can revisit it then and confirm if it was an issue with my specific setup or a repeatable issue.


  • Senior Developer

    @george1421 editing works it sounds like when saving a new item it’s not?


  • Moderator

    When I created the entries new, I did put in a description and saved them, the saved entry did not keep the description field, thus it was empty and the menu items were in the PXE boot menu, but blank under everything else (invisible).

    @Developers you might want to take a peek at the code to confirm that on an edit of a fog ipxe menu that the updates are being saved back to the database.



  • @quazz Nope, this was the issue…

    When I created the entries new, I did put in a description and saved them, the saved entry did not keep the description field, thus it was empty and the menu items were in the PXE boot menu, but blank under everything else (invisible).

    I went back to the entry and gave it a description again via the “iPXE menu item settings” category and clicking o nthe menu entry and adding a description to the description field, then re-saving it. Checked and now shows in the PXE boot menu on the host.

    Possible I made this mistake 2x…I guess but unlikely considering I recall deciding what I would make the description.


  • Moderator

    @zer0cool Are they still filled in on the FOG server?



  • @quazz Ok wait a second, just noticed neither of my menus kept the description which I assume is the visible part i nthe menu, ie:

    item fog.multijoin Join Multicast Session
    item fog.sysinfo Client System Information (Compatibility)
    item os.Centos7
    item test.menu
    

    My Centos7 and test entries have nothing to the right of them, which I assume comes from the description field…I did fill those in but now they are empty



  • @quazz Just relized that, edited prior reply with it


  • Moderator

    @zer0cool Not what I mean. In Boot.php there is a :MENU entry that will have a structure like so:

    :MENU
    menu
    colour --rgb 0xff0000 0 ||
    cpair --foreground 1 1 ||
    cpair --foreground 0 3 ||
    cpair --foreground 4 4 ||
    item --gap Host is NOT registered!
    item --gap -- -------------------------------------
    item fog.local Boot from hard disk
    item fog.memtest Run Memtest86+
    item fog.reginput Perform Full Host Registration and Inventory
    item fog.reg Quick Registration and Inventory
    item fog.deployimage Deploy Image
    item fog.multijoin Join Multicast Session
    item fog.sysinfo Client System Information (Compatibility)
    

    If your entry isn’t part of the :MENU then it will never show in PXE boot.



  • @quazz Yep noted here:

    @zer0cool said in New iPXE Entries Not Showing:

    @wayne-workman Is that the “Menu Show With”? I have it set to all hosts, I would presume that includes non-registered but there is an entry specifically for not registered.

    Also here is the snippet from boot.php:

    :os.Centos7
    kernel tftp://${fog-ip}/centos7/images/vmlinuz
    initrd tftp://${fog-ip}/centos7/images/initrd.img
    imgargs vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img root=live:nfs://${fog-ip}/images/centos7/LiveOS/squashfs.img ip=dhcp
    repo=nfs://${fog-ip}/images/centos7 splash quiet
    boot || goto MENU
    param sysuuid ${uuid}
    

    I dont see anything out of place with it

    Sorry, think this is what you meant:

    :MENU
    menu
    colour --rgb 0xff0000 0 ||
    cpair --foreground 1 1 ||
    cpair --foreground 0 3 ||
    cpair --foreground 4 4 ||
    item --gap Host is NOT registered!
    item --gap -- -------------------------------------
    item fog.local Boot from hard disk
    item fog.memtest Run Memtest86+
    item fog.reginput Perform Full Host Registration and Inventory
    item fog.reg Quick Registration and Inventory
    item fog.deployimage Deploy Image
    item fog.multijoin Join Multicast Session
    item fog.sysinfo Client System Information (Compatibility)
    item os.Centos7
    item test.menu
    choose --default fog.local --timeout 120000 target && goto ${target}
    

    Looks like both the entries I created are listed there (os.Centos7 and test.menu)


  • Moderator

    In boot.php do you see your item listed under the :MENU: entry?



  • @wayne-workman said in New iPXE Entries Not Showing:

    @zer0cool There is an advanced menu item if I recall, best to try that too.

    In what capacity do you mean? I see some options in the Web GUI for advanced (enabling a login and the entry under menu item settings), but only the options I listed are available on the PXE booted host, no advanced option there.


  • Moderator

    Can you post the entire boot.php output?

    If I had to guess, when you created the menu entry you did not enter anything in the description field? If not that is your issue (it would show up in the complete ipxe boot menu as missing).

    The web gui text label needs to be changed from description to menu title or something to make it a bit more obvious that its required.



  • @zer0cool There is an advanced menu item if I recall, best to try that too. At this point, I’m going to ask the @developers and @moderators to take a look at this because I’m stumped.



  • @wayne-workman No change.

    I created another menu entry, just gave it a name and set to all menus, no parameters. It also did not show up but is in the boot.php.

    I then did a quick register on the host, it shows up as registered in the web gui, but doesnt have either menu entry as expected in the PXE boot.

    Again to confirm here, are we expecting these entries to be at the top level right after boot, along with entries like memtest and deploy image or are they a sub menu to something?



  • @wayne-workman Ok heres the setup

    Single fog server on its own subnet for staging. It acts as DHCP, etc.

    I have a workstation on the same network that I am using to PXE boot and check things from acting as a host.

    Currently its a clean slate, nothing registered.

    The entry for CentOS is the only entry I have attempted creating in PXE.

    I have so far tried changing the All hosts to Unregistered hosts in the “Menu Show With” and have also rebooted the server after creating the menu, neither changed anything.

    The host boots, and shows the standard menu via BIOS or UEFI boot, with these options:
    “local, memtest, full registration, quick reg, deploy image, join multicast and client system info.”

    I will try and add another “dummy” entry to PXE and see if it displays. I will also try registering the host to see if that matters. Ill report back



  • @zer0cool said in New iPXE Entries Not Showing:

    Is that the “Menu Show With”?

    That’s the one.

    Let’s back up a moment and start troubleshooting this. We need to figure out where the problem is and where it isn’t. Are you trying to boot an un-registered host? If not, try it. Are you trying to boot a registered host? If not, try it. Also try to add other menu entries - exact copies of what others have used - don’t worry about setting up the files on the server, we just want to see if the menu will display a known-good item or not.

    Also, do you have two FOG Servers by chance, and these hosts are booting to the other one you didn’t modify? Just a thought.



  • @wayne-workman Is that the “Menu Show With”? I have it set to all hosts, I would presume that includes non-registered but there is an entry specifically for not registered.

    Also here is the snippet from boot.php:

    :os.Centos7
    kernel tftp://${fog-ip}/centos7/images/vmlinuz
    initrd tftp://${fog-ip}/centos7/images/initrd.img
    imgargs vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img root=live:nfs://${fog-ip}/images/centos7/LiveOS/squashfs.img ip=dhcp
    repo=nfs://${fog-ip}/images/centos7 splash quiet
    boot || goto MENU
    param sysuuid ${uuid}
    

    I dont see anything out of place with it


 

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