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    RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

    Hi,

    I'm trying to deploy a small number of PC's (no more than 10 at a time) using RIS. Some of them work fine, but others are taking up to 2 hours just to boot into the text mode setup.

    From the point of selecting which image to install from the RIS server, to where it says Setup is starting Windows and the actual install starts. Each of the files setup loads which usually race past are taking several minutes.

    All the PC's are identical, and once the actual install starts, everything speeds up to normal.

    Anyone got any ideas, this is driving me round the bend?

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    Re: RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

    I had this with thin clients. It boiled down to network card/cabling/speed negotiation issues.

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    Re: RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

    Thanks Geoff.

    How did you solve it? A simply network card swap, or is there a way to force network speed/link parameters during a PXE boot?

    I will try the easy option first, make up some new cables tomorrow, although as the file copy part of the installation seems to run normally, it suggests the cables are fine.


    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

    A simply network card swap
    This has fixed a couple.

    or is there a way to force network speed/link parameters
    On the switch.

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    Re: RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

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    On the switch.
    Ah, that would require fancy, grown-up toys like a managed switch. An extravagance our budget doesn't quite stretch to.

    Having said that, the problem seems to have gone away. We had a power cut today just before I was about to start another batch of RIS installs. All the switches and the RIS server (not important enough to be on the UPS) went down. Once everything came back on and was checked, I started the RIS installs and they all ran through as normal.

    Still not sure what/where the problem was, but so long as it’s working, that’s good enough for me. Thanks for the help.

    Take care

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    Re: RIS (PXE) booting painfully slow.

    Intermittent and unreproducible faults are my favourite.



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