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    Re: PXE Ghost

    @DMcCoy Definitely interested as well.

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    This is the first draft from notepad for those insterested. I'll tidy it up later and check the steps again.

    Ghost PXE boot without a full RIS server

    Most of this is from http://unattended.sourceforge.net/pxe-win2k.html

    There are a couple of minor but important changes required to get ghost to work.

    You need Ghost Solution Suite, a Windows 2003 dhcp server. I assume this can be done on multiple dhcp servers if you have them, and also details modified for subnets but I've not tried it yet.

    This section prepares DHCP

    Open DHCP management

    1) Right click on DHCP server and select "Set Predefined Options"
    2) Click "Add". Use the following details.

    Name: ClassID
    Datatype: String
    Code: 60
    Description: ClassID

    Click "ok" and "ok" again.

    4) Right Click "server Options". Select "Configure Options"

    Tick option 013 and enter 0x19

    Tick option 043 and enter 01 04 00 00 00 00 ff (you might have to delete the first 00 characters)

    Tick option 060 and enter PXEClient for its string value

    Tick option 066 and enter the name of the server, for example "server.domain.local"

    Tick option 067 and enter the name of the bootfile, in ghosts case, its "boot\ghost.ldr". More on this later.




    5) Right click on the DHCP server and select "All Tasks -> Restart" (Note on 2003 SP2 I got an error from the MMC console - the service actually restarted sucessfully and reloading the MMC fixed it)


    You should now be able to get a DHCP address from a PXE client machine - if not check the


    This section configures TFTP to server the ghost boot files

    1) Copy tftpd.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache to c:\Windows\System32 (dll cache is a system folder, use the command prompt to copy or turn on protected operating system files in view options briefly)

    2) Download the Resource kit tools from here:
    You can install these on any machine to keep the server tidy - you only need instsrv.exe

    3) Copy the srvinst.exe from the resource kit to c:\windows\System32

    4) Run the cmd prompt

    Run the command "instsrv TFTPD c:\windows\system32\tftpd.exe

    It should report that the service was sucessfully added.

    5) Save the following text as ghost.reg

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\TFTPD\Parameters]
    "Directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ghost"



    6) Right click the ghost.reg and choose "Merge"

    7) Open "Services" from Administrative tools and change the TFTPD service to automatic and then start it.


    Now we create the ghost boot image and its loader.
    This bit is all trial and error by me

    1) Install Ghost and its utilities on the Ghost server (can be done on a workstation, but you need the export the TFTP reg keys and merge them on the workstation temporarily).

    2) Create a C:\Program Files\Ghost folder

    3) Create The following folder structure (Yes, the Images\Images is correct)

    c:\Program Files\Ghost
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\boot
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\OSChooser
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\OSChooser\i386
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\Setup
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\Setup\Images
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\Setup\Images\Images

    4) Create the following files (they are empty, the names a checked by the boot wizard)
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\OSChooser\i386\startrom.com
    c:\Program Files\Ghost\OSChooser\i386\ntldr

    5) Now run the "Ghost Boot Wizard", you should have a Microsoft RIS option now.

    6) Run the RIS option from the boot wizard

    7) I use the following options:
    Universal Packet Driver
    DHCP
    Ghost for the name (doesn't matter there will be no menu)

    This should create a Ghost folder in the Images directory created earlier

    8) Copy the ghost.ldr from C:\Program Files\Ghost\Setup\Images\Images\ghost\i386\templat es to c:\Program Files\Ghost\boot\

    9) Copy the ghost.dsk from C:\Program Files\Ghost\Setup\Images\Images\ghost\i386\templat es to c:\Program Files\Ghost\boot\

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    Fantastic followed this yesterday and now have ghost pxe booting.

    Many thanks for doing the guide.

    Ben

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    How would you do the above when ghost runs of a different server and DHCP runs on a different box

    Ross

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    I assume its controlled by option 66 which specifys the boot servers name.

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    Yup that would do it I have 2 dhcp servers and both are set to point to one tftpd server at the moment but I suppose I could duplicate it on each box as well.

    Ben

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    Re: PXE Ghost

    Just to say,

    Followed these instructions and now have a lovely PXE Boot into ghost. No more faffing!

    Cheers DMcCoy.

    Maybe this could be copied and pasted into the wiki.

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    i followed these instructions

    The PC gets an IP address and says

    "Transferring Control to Ghost Boot image...

    Boot Failure"

    Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    i followed these instructions

    The PC gets an IP address and says

    "Transferring Control to Ghost Boot image...

    Boot Failure"

    Any ideas?
    Are you using the latest version of Ghost? (Solution Suite 2.5). If so, then it doesn't work with the Microsoft TFTP / PXE setup. Symantec have said that they know about it, but haven't said whether they'll fix it. In the meantime, you can install the 3-COM Boot Services stuff from the Ghost CD which, although old, does provide a more flexible solution (once you've battled through the manual!).

    Steve

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    very helpfun guide. i managed to make this work. but i have a problem..
    It says Booting ghost boot image
    Downloading image
    but then i get
    PXE-E89: Could not download boot image.

    i havent realized yet where i must put the .gho file in order for the PXE to load it.

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