PXE Boots one one desktop but not another

  • Fresh install, the second time I’v had to do this, of Ubuntu 11.04 and current FOG.
    After the install I took my master image computer and successfully booted into PXE, completed host registration and inventory, assigned a task to upload the image, all good.

    Then when trying to deploy the image to a brand new HP desktop of same make model etc I can not get it to PXE boot. Here is what I have noticed that may be an issue. The IP address of the FOG server, DNS, DHCP etc all are 192.168.10.* but the company does also deply 192.168.12.* addresses.

    The failing desktop DOES have a 192.168.12.* address. I’ve changed it to a static IP address of 10.192.168.** but even then it will not boot into PXE. I have manually registered the desktop into FOG and it does not resolve.

    One thing that I did during the FOG setup is to set the Subnet/netmask to maybe it should be to be able to resolve those machines with the .12 address? If so I can’t figure out how to change it in the FOG configuration.

    Any help, please give specific instructions, would be greatly appreciated.


  • Moderator

    If one machine still boots to PXE and run something like a hardware inventory, then I wouldn’t think it is the TFTP password. Schedule a hardware inventory task for a machine in the 192.168.10.x network and make sure that works.

    If that works. Try to schedule a task for a machine in the 192.168.12.x network. Schedule it through the web interface, then check the /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/ folder for a task file matching your machine (01-mac-address-of-machine). If you get a file in that folder, paste the contents into this thread (use code tags).

  • Sounds like it might be a password issue for tftp. I think. Maybe.

    Reference this: [url]http://www.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/Unable_to_connect_to_TFTP[/url]

    Particularly the bit about setting the password for the user “Fog” and it matching [B]TFTP_FTP_PASSWORD[/B] and [B]STORAGE_FTP_PASSWORD [/B]in /var/www/fog/commons/config.php (at least that’s my path in 11.10)

    Seems like I had something else to do as well, but I guess start with that and see how it goes.

  • Another interesting little tidbit. In FOG when I got to Other Information and attempt to set a master password an error message appears
    "PXE menu update failed. Unable to connect to tftp server"

    FYI - I received this message yesterday and did stop and restart the tftp server via Terminal by typing in sudo stop tftpd-hpa and sudo start tftpd-hpa

  • Hello Chad,
    There is no file except Default in /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/
    What other information can I provide?

  • Moderator

    Do you have a file on the FOG Server in /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/01-Mac-address? If so, can you paste the contents?

  • That was awesome! Now the .12 machines are able to get to the FOG menu but there is still ONE issue. I was able to register the host but imaging failed.
    "Unable to connect to tftp server"
    is the error now.

    Almost there :-)

  • Moderator

    Check the config on the DHCP server. Maybe the scope definition for 192.168.12.x has a syntax error for the filename option.

  • No, I don’t even get the FOG menu. It errors out trying to find pxelinux. I believe the error is No Image File Found.

  • Moderator

    On the 192.168.12.x network, do you even get the FOG menu or does it error out trying to find pxelinux.0?

  • The gateway for those which will not PXE boot is a .12 address of course and .10 for the ones that will PXE boot.

  • The same DHCP server supports both. I verified that one right off :-)
    Thanks for helping Chad. I really need it!

  • Moderator

    Does the same DHCP server support both 192.168.10.x and 192.168.12.x or do they have separate DHCP servers?

  • Yes, that is the exact scenario.

  • Moderator

    So clients in the subnet 192.168.10.x can pxeboot and get the fog menu but clients in the 192.168.12.x subnet cannot. Is that the scenario?

  • The silence is deafening.

  • Hello Chad,
    Yes I do have a DHCP server which (if it matters) does have a 192.168.10.* address. There is no problem whatsoever accessing network resources, etc just can get machines with this 192.168.12.* address to PXE boot. Image file not found. So I am assuming that something else needs to be set on my FOG server.

  • Moderator

    Do you have a DHCP server for your computers or are they all set static?