Fog 0.33b edit PXE menu



  • Hello,
    I’ve been using FOG 0.32 for awhile now, and have gotten accustomed to editing the default PXE menu, adding various bootable tools (Hirens, windows password editor, etc) as well as Windows and Linux installers. It has added alot of useful functionality for me to Fog. Now with 0.33b / iPXE, I am completely lost.

    Where is the default menu file? I see there are a few new things I have to learn, but I need to start with how to edit the default PXE menu.



  • Hi everyone

    Does anyone tried to boot hirens boot cd from network



  • [quote=“Jose Antonio Sanchez, post: 35969, member: 25349”]I could not get Ubuntu to PXE boot with network access, it doesn’t see any network cards… Ubuntu Live takes a while to boot on a 100MB network too…

    The ethtools… I’ll give it a try…

    DebugMode does show the Link Speed as it boots:

    e1000e: eth0 NIC Link is Up 100Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None

    I learned that you can Shift + PgUp to scroll back into the boot time messages…[/quote]

    Yeah ran into the same problem, here’s my solution on Ubuntu:
    sudo dhclient eth0



  • [quote=“madskillz23, post: 35968, member: 8206”]I usually live boot ubuntu then test from speedtest.net.

    Also can break the group into smaller groups, then test multicast speed, determine which group is slower, repeat until you only have a few computers to test.

    I had to troubleshoot a lab of 60 computers and that’s how I did it. Not super elegant unfortunately.

    It might also be possible to boot into debug mode and run a few linux commands like ethtools to see link speeds.[/quote]

    I could not get Ubuntu to PXE boot with network access, it doesn’t see any network cards… Ubuntu Live takes a while to boot on a 100MB network too…

    The ethtools… I’ll give it a try…

    DebugMode does show the Link Speed as it boots:

    e1000e: eth0 NIC Link is Up 100Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None

    I learned that you can Shift + PgUp to scroll back into the boot time messages…



  • [quote=“Jose Antonio Sanchez, post: 35934, member: 25349”]Is there a way to display Link Speed? 10Mbit 100Mbit 1000Mbit??
    Or is there a very light boot disk that can do it???

    I looked over at the ipxe.org site and could not find anything on link/media speed…

    Any ideas???

    Having this info helps reduce the time figuring out which PC is the bad one when there is very slow multicast…[/quote]

    I usually live boot ubuntu then test from speedtest.net.

    Also can break the group into smaller groups, then test multicast speed, determine which group is slower, repeat until you only have a few computers to test.

    I had to troubleshoot a lab of 60 computers and that’s how I did it. Not super elegant unfortunately.

    It might also be possible to boot into debug mode and run a few linux commands like ethtools to see link speeds.



  • [quote=“Eli Kelly, post: 33173, member: 1152”]This is working pretty well for me. Much credit to others on this forum who came up with most of this…

    [CODE]login && goto validate || goto return

    :validate
    iseq ${password} yourpasswordhere && goto MENU || goto return

    :MENU
    menu
    item --gap – ---------------- iPXE boot menu ----------------
    item ipxedemo ipxe online boot demo
    item shell ipxe shell
    item pe86 Generic WinPE x86
    item lt86 MDT Lite Touch x86
    item lt64 MDT Lite Touch x64
    item ghost Ghost Boot
    item dban Derek’s Boot and Nuke
    item return return to previous menu
    item hostinfo details about this computer
    choose --default return --timeout 5000 target && goto ${target}

    :ipxedemo
    chain http://boot.ipxe.org/demo/boot.php ||
    goto MENU

    :shell
    shell ||
    goto MENU

    :pe86
    initrd http://${fog-ip}/ISO/pe86.iso
    chain memdisk iso raw ||
    goto MENU

    :lt86
    initrd http://${fog-ip}/ISO/lt86.iso
    chain memdisk iso raw ||
    goto MENU

    :lt64
    initrd http://${fog-ip}/ISO/lt64.iso
    chain memdisk iso raw ||
    goto MENU

    :ghost
    initrd http://${fog-ip}/ISO/ghost.iso
    chain memdisk iso raw ||
    goto MENU

    :dban
    initrd http://${fog-ip}/ISO/dban.iso
    chain memdisk iso raw ||
    goto MENU

    :return
    chain http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe/boot.php?mac=${net0/mac} ||
    prompt
    goto MENU

    :hostinfo
    echo This computer : ||
    echo MAC address…${net0/mac} ||
    echo IP address…${ip} ||
    echo Netmask…${netmask} ||
    echo Serial…${serial} ||
    echo Asset number…${asset} ||
    echo Manufacturer…${manufacturer} ||
    echo Product…${product} ||
    echo BIOS platform…${platform} ||
    echo ||
    echo press any key to return to Menu ||
    prompt
    goto MENU

    autoboot
    item return return to previous menu
    choose --default return --timeout 5000 target && goto ${target}

    :ipxedemo
    chain http://boot.ipxe.org/demo/boot.php ||
    goto MENU

    :shell
    shell ||
    goto MENU

    :return
    chain http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe/boot.php?mac=${net0/mac} ||
    prompt
    goto MENU

    autoboot[/CODE][/quote]

    Is there a way to display Link Speed? 10Mbit 100Mbit 1000Mbit??
    Or is there a very light boot disk that can do it???

    I looked over at the ipxe.org site and could not find anything on link/media speed…

    Any ideas???

    Having this info helps reduce the time figuring out which PC is the bad one when there is very slow multicast…



  • Anyone got Kaspersky Rescue Disc 10 working on iPXE?



  • Success!! Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 Live boots off of iPXE!!!

    Thanks to madskillz23

    Here is a copy of my Advanced Boot Menu
    Note: I have a copy of the CONTENTS of entire ISO of Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 in both o these locations:

    /images/ubuntu14041
    and in
    /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/images/ubuntu14041

    ==================================
    set boot-url [url]http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe[/url]
    set boot-nfs ${fog-ip}:/images
    :MENU
    menu
    item --gap – Boot Menu Title
    item WinPE7 WinPE 7
    item Ubuntu14 Ubuntu 14
    item return return to previous menu
    choose --default return --timeout 5000 target && goto ${target}

    :WinPE7
    sanboot ${boot-url}/iso/winpe7.iso
    goto MENU

    :Ubuntu14
    kernel ${boot-url}/images/ubuntu14041/casper/vmlinuz root=/dev/nfs/ boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=${boot-nfs}/ubuntu14041/
    initrd ${boot-url}/images/ubuntu14041/casper/initrd.lz
    boot
    goto MENU

    EDIT: Ubuntu 14.04.1 boots but I have no network access no NIC detected???



  • [quote=“madskillz23, post: 35740, member: 8206”]That one.

    /var… is boot_url and web directory
    /images is where the rest of your images are stored. that should have a fully extracted ubuntu dvd in a directory there. i[/quote]

    By this you mean the following?:

    /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/images/ubuntu14041 <- this folder has only these three files: vmlinuz initrd.lz and filesystem.squashfs

    /images/ubuntu14041 <- this has the entire contents of the ISO



  • [quote=“Jose Antonio Sanchez, post: 35737, member: 25349”]/images as in the same as where the computer images get stored and therefore that’s where my /ubuntu folder should be at
    [/quote]
    That one.

    /var… is boot_url and web directory
    /images is where the rest of your images are stored. that should have a fully extracted ubuntu dvd in a directory there. i



  • Actually, here is my menu… any help appreciated…

    I extracted all files from the Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 to /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/images/ubuntu14041

    set boot-url [url]http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe[/url]
    set boot-nfs ${fog-ip}:/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe
    :MENU
    menu
    item --gap – Boot Menu Advanced
    item WinPE7 WinPE 7
    item Ubuntu14 Ubuntu 14
    item return return to previous menu
    choose --default return --timeout 5000 target && goto ${target}

    :WinPE7
    sanboot ${boot-url}/iso/winpe7.iso
    goto MENU

    :Ubuntu14
    kernel ${boot-url}/images/ubuntu14041/casper/vmlinuz root=/dev/nfs/ vga=normal boot=casper netboot=nfs fetch:${boot_url}/images/ubuntu14041/casper/filesystem.squashfs nfsroot=${boot-nfs}/images/ubuntu14041/
    initrd ${boot-url}/images/ubuntu14041/casper/initrd.lz
    boot
    goto MENU



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  • [quote=“madskillz23, post: 35736, member: 8206”]set boot_url [url]http://${fog-ip}/fog/service/ipxe[/url]
    set boot_nfs 128.104.71.88:/images[/quote]

    /images as in the same as where the computer images get stored and therefore that’s where my /ubuntu folder should be at

    OR

    /images as in /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/images/ubuntu



  • set boot_url [url]http://${fog-ip}/fog/service/ipxe[/url]
    set boot_nfs 128.104.71.88:/images



  • [quote=“madskillz23, post: 35733, member: 8206”]I am pretty sure these work. Let me know if they don’t though and I should be able to find the backup copy of the arguments.
    [CODE]:Xubuntu14
    kernel ${boot_url}/xubuntu14.04/casper/vmlinuz.efi root=/dev/nfs/ boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=${boot_nfs}/xubuntu14.04/
    initrd ${boot_url}/xubuntu14.04/casper/initrd.lz
    boot

    :Ubuntu14
    kernel ${boot_url}/ubuntu14.04/vmlinuz.efi vga=normal boot=casper netboot=nfs fetch:${boot_url}/ubuntu/casper/filesystem.squashfs nfsroot=${boot_nfs}/ubuntu14.04/
    initrd ${boot_url}/ubuntu14.04/initrd.lz
    #imgargs
    boot[/CODE][/quote]

    how is ${boot_nfs} built???



  • [quote=“Jose Antonio Sanchez, post: 35731, member: 25349”]madskillz23,

    Did you get Ubuntu 14.04 to boot??

    I extracted all the files from the ISO and put them into /images/ubuntu14041/ and it tries to boot but I get the “(initramfs) Unable to find a live file system on the network” message…[/quote]

    I am pretty sure these work. Let me know if they don’t though and I should be able to find the backup copy of the arguments.
    [CODE]:Xubuntu14
    kernel ${boot_url}/xubuntu14.04/casper/vmlinuz.efi root=/dev/nfs/ boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=${boot_nfs}/xubuntu14.04/
    initrd ${boot_url}/xubuntu14.04/casper/initrd.lz
    boot

    :Ubuntu14
    kernel ${boot_url}/ubuntu14.04/vmlinuz.efi vga=normal boot=casper netboot=nfs fetch:${boot_url}/ubuntu/casper/filesystem.squashfs nfsroot=${boot_nfs}/ubuntu14.04/
    initrd ${boot_url}/ubuntu14.04/initrd.lz
    #imgargs
    boot[/CODE]



  • [quote=“madskillz23, post: 28476, member: 8206”]Awesome, that got me most of the way there. Now its just messing around with kernel arguments for the two Ubuntu distros. But, I did get Xubuntu 13.04 working with the following code in case anyone else finds it useful:

    [CODE]:Xubuntu 13.04
    kernel ${boot_url}/xubuntu/casper/vmlinuz root=/dev/nfs/ boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:/images/xubuntu/
    initrd http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/fog/service/ipxe/xubuntu/casper/initrd.lz
    boot
    [/CODE]

    Thanks for all the help![/quote]

    madskillz23,

    Did you get Ubuntu 14.04 to boot??

    I extracted all the files from the ISO and put them into /images/ubuntu14041/ and it tries to boot but I get the “(initramfs) Unable to find a live file system on the network” message…



  • What’s the difference between Aru’s method of booting (sanboot) and Junkhacker’s method (initrd and chain memdisk) when it comes to booting a Windows iso? I have an image of my Windows 7 installer disk, and was wondering.

    Edit: I done goofed.


  • Senior Developer

    I’ve now added the ability to add “individual” password login settings to menu items
    My current menu that is tested and working, although very minimal, is:
    [code]isset ${userID} && goto do_me || goto MENU
    :do_me
    kernel bzImage root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 ip=dhcp dns=10.10.10.1 web=10.10.10.118/fog/ consoleblank=0 loglevel=4 type=down img=win7actsysprep ftp=10.10.10.118 imgType=n osid=7 storage=10.10.10.118:/images capone=1 imgFormat=0
    imgfetch init.xz && boot || goto MENU
    :MENU
    menu
    item --gap Please Select one of the images below
    item fog.local Boot from hard disk
    item d101_64 D101 Base Image (64 bit load)
    item return Return to main menu
    choose --default fog.local target && goto ${target}
    :fog.local
    sanboot --no-describe --drive 0x80 || goto MENU
    :d101_64
    chain -ar ${boot-url}/service/ipxe/advanced.php?login=1 || goto MENU
    :return
    chain http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe/boot.php?mac=${net0/mac} || goto MENU
    autoboot[/code]

    Notice the :d101_64 how it has the chain -ar ${boot-url}/service/ipxe/advanced.php?login=1 || goto MENU ?That’s all that’s needed to have a “login” for your menu item. Notice the top where it says :do_me? This is important to note that it’s ABOVE the menu generation part of the advanced menu setup.

    As I stated, this is very basic, but a method to :sort: the different functions could be:
    [code]isset ${userID} && iseq ${bootnum} 1 && goto do_me ||
    isset ${userID} && iseq ${butnum} 2 && goto do_me2 ||
    goto MENU
    :do_me
    kernel bzImage root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 ip=dhcp dns=10.10.10.1 web=10.10.10.118/fog/ consoleblank=0 loglevel=4 type=down img=win7actsysprep ftp=10.10.10.118 imgType=n osid=7 storage=10.10.10.118:/images capone=1 imgFormat=0
    imgfetch init.xz && boot || goto MENU
    :do_me2
    kernel bzImage root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 ip=dhcp dns=10.10.10.1 web=10.10.10.118/fog/ consoleblank=0 loglevel=4 type=down img=blahblah ftp=10.10.10.118 imgType=n osid=7 storage=10.10.10.118:/images capone=1 imgFormat=0
    imgfetch init.xz && boot || goto MENU
    :MENU
    menu
    item --gap Please Select one of the images below
    item fog.local Boot from hard disk
    item d101_64 D101 Base Image (64 bit load)
    item return Return to main menu
    choose --default fog.local target && goto ${target}
    :fog.local
    sanboot --no-describe --drive 0x80 || goto MENU
    :d101_64
    set bootnum 1
    chain -ar ${boot-url}/service/ipxe/advanced.php?login=1 || goto MENU
    :d102_64
    set bootnum 2
    chain -ar ${boot-url}/service/ipxe/advanced.php?login=1 || goto MENU
    :return
    chain http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}/service/ipxe/boot.php?mac=${net0/mac} || goto MENU
    autoboot[/code]



  • Thanks for the responses everyone. I really appreciate it. Hiding the menu works for the time being, but having the ability to pick and choose which menu items have it, and which don’t down the road would be most welcome.


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