Integrating ISO Hiren's boot CD into fog



  • I currently have fog deployed in a hospital environment. I integrated Hiren’s boot CD (80MB ISO) into the fog boot menu. From the same hospital that the fog server is sitting, I see tge Hirens boot menu

    1. Boot from Hard Disk
    2. Boot CD

    I click boot CD and the menus come up, but if I try to launch a program, ill get an error that says NO BOOT CD FILES FOUND…So obviously it doesnt work.

    If I go to a different hopsital and launch Hirens, it will hang ay STARTING BOOT CD, and this is before I see the above menu… So obviously that doesnt work even more…

    Interestingly enough, the Dell Diagnostic ISO seems to work ok. (5MB ISO)
    Do I have to increase some sort of RAM Drive Setting on fog? Any help would be great.



  • [quote=“pjcard, post: 8665, member: 2528”]This discussion is about booting hirens over the network, russed, I think you’re talking about something else.[/quote]
    Maybe you’re right, but as I stated at the start of my post, I had something to say about booting Hiren’s boot CD from it’s ISO image file and running its menus and programs.
    I only had the hope that this can be useful for someone.



  • This discussion is about booting hirens over the network, russed, I think you’re talking about something else.



  • Hi.
    I didn’t know what fog was. It seems interesting.
    But I think that I have something to say about booting Hiren’s Boot CD from its iso.
    I’ve tried several versions of Hiren’s Boot CD, and in all of them, even the last one, Hiren’s menu doesn’t start when booting from the iso file.
    I managed to find a solution.
    First, I use Grub as boot manager in order to select which iso to boot.
    This is the Hiren’s entry in menu.lst:

    title Hiren’s.BootCD 15
    find --set-root /Hiren’s.BootCD.15.1.iso
    map /Hiren’s.BootCD.15.1.iso (hd32)
    map --hook

    Booting Hiren’s in this way, and selecting Mini Windows XP, doesn’t load Hiren’s menu.
    This is how I solved this problem:
    1- Open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to Control Panel in the left panel.
    2- In the Explorer’s right panel, double click on ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver.
    3- Click the bottom left button, “Mount new”, navigate to select Hiren’s iso, and mount it.
    4- Open a DOS Command Prompt window (it opens by default at Hiren’s system32 directory, X:\I386\System32, so there is no need to change dir), type in “startup” (without quotes) and hit [Enter], in order to run startup.cmd.

    That’s all.
    If it works, spread it wide.



  • Hi!
    I have no interest in download between 500MB and 2GB into memory, when I only need to download ex.30MB the specified software (Partition Magic).
    In last days I try to run HirensBoot without .iso file (resume… files extracted)
    An I can put shows and surf on hiren menus, but can’t push the files yet wowow
    I’ve seen the solution far way ! hehehehe



  • i’m sure it’s possible at some level, but not really wanted or needed. The best bet it to simply use the single .iso and have it be loaded into memory.



  • Hi all!
    Isn’t possible use the extracted files and not the iso?


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    First I would go here and download the latest syslinux file, [url]https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/[/url]

    Once you open the archive, copy the memdisk file to /fog/images/memdisk where the original file sits on the fog server. Below is an example of my home config file for using ubcd. This file (for Ubuntu) is located at /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default.

    LABEL Ultimate Boot CD 5.1.1
    kernel fog/images/memdisk
    append iso initrd=/fog/images/ubcd511.iso
    MENU LABEL Ultimate Boot CD 5.1.1
    TEXT HELP
    Lots o’ tools
    ENDTEXT



  • Sorry, I have tried to follow this and I can’t get it working.
    any extra hints please…

    I found something that said you can’t append a initrd to a memdisk…


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    I’ve been successful booting iso’s from the FOG menu. And can give you some pointers.

    [B]kernel fog/Hirens88/memdisk [/B]
    [B]append iso initrd=fog/Hirens88/USHiren88.iso raw[/B]
    [B]MENU LABEL US Patched Hiren’s Boot CD V8.8[/B]

    is currently what you have. Did you move a copy of memdisk into your Hirens88 folder? What I normally do is just point it to the default memdisk that’s created when you install FOG. Or you could also go out and download the newest version. However, I would try taking the raw out of the second line. It’s not really needed now unless it doesn’t boot without it. The iso’s i’ve ran don’t need the raw at the end of the append. I can also tell you that more than likely, your XP recovery console is getting the BSOD due to the fact that there aren’t the correct SATA drivers being loaded. You’ll need to make a custom disk with a program like this, [url]http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html[/url], and include the SATA drivers for your machines in order for that to work. Hope this helps.[B][/B]



  • The default file looks fine to me. No stand out issues shown.

    If you can “pxe boot” hirens and have it load into memory but then not load when you go to the files you have one of 2 problems.

    #1. An .iso that doesn’t like this version of memdisk

    or

    #2. A version of memdisk that doesn’t like this .iso

    I’ve had issues with this package in the past not working, and trying a different .iso version resolved it for me. I suggest that you try a different .iso first and see if this works for you (considering the dell diags work fine).

    You can also customize the Hirens disk now, and strip some features out + add more. So it does give you some additional functionality if you choose to go that route.

    I have given up on Hirens due to the copyright issues and moved over to UBCD for most of my stuff. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Also your ram settings are good, so no need to change anything there

    Thanks.



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  • [quote=“ssx4life, post: 852, member: 268”]I have run into issues with some .iso’s not liking to be PXE booted, and the above software is one of them.

    If you haven’t yet, try a different version of the .iso in question and see if that works.

    Also if you can, please paste your default file modifications in the forums, it might be a simple issue of you not loading it into memory (or having enough memory on the client side if your machines are thin clients)[/quote]

    I am using a pretty old version of Hiren’s…8.8, do you think another version might actually fix it? Hirens underwent alot of changes recently, and alot of the “cool” software is gone in favor of free crap. As for memory, that should not be an issue. I would like to do this in case I find myself without a CD (which happens alot)

    here is my defult file. According to the instructions, I copied the mem file into the same directory as the Hirens ISO.

    [B]LABEL USHiren88[/B]
    [B]MENU PASSWD c1inic@1[/B]
    [B]kernel fog/Hirens88/memdisk [/B]
    [B]append iso initrd=fog/Hirens88/USHiren88.iso raw[/B]
    [B]MENU LABEL US Patched Hiren’s Boot CD V8.8[/B]
    [B]TEXT HELP[/B]
    [B]Launches US Keyboard Patched Hiren’s boot CD v8.8 Original[/B]
    [B]Diagnostic CD[/B]
    [B]ENDTEXT[/B]
    [B]LABEL DellDiag[/B]
    [B]kernel fog/DellDiag/memdisk [/B]
    [B]append iso initrd=fog/DellDiag/Dell.iso raw[/B]
    [B]MENU LABEL Dell Diagnostic CD[/B]
    [B]TEXT HELP[/B]
    [B]Launches Dell Hardware Diagnostic CD[/B]
    [B]ENDTEXT[/B]
    [B]LABEL XPrec[/B]
    [B]kernel fog/XPrec/memdisk [/B]
    [B]append iso initrd=fog/XPrec/xp.iso raw[/B]
    [B]MENU LABEL Windows XP Recovery Console[/B]
    [B]TEXT HELP[/B]
    [B]Launches Windows XP Recovery Console[/B]
    [B]ENDTEXT[/B]

    XP recovery console bluescreens too. I am sure that is a seperate issue



  • I have run into issues with some .iso’s not liking to be PXE booted, and the above software is one of them.

    If you haven’t yet, try a different version of the .iso in question and see if that works.

    Also if you can, please paste your default file modifications in the forums, it might be a simple issue of you not loading it into memory (or having enough memory on the client side if your machines are thin clients)


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