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obviously kids could get to it easily if the machine there ...
5th March 2010, 02:29 PM #1
password protect PXE boot?
Is there any way to password protect PXE boot?
obviously kids could get to it easily if the machine there using is rebooted, i know we could just turn off lan boot but for simplicity i'd prefer to keep it enabled...naturally if theres no way we can password protect it i'll just turn them off though
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5th March 2010, 02:36 PM #2
What make of machines are you using ? We have around 500 Dell's here and we can password protect the boot, also you can do in the boot options for PXE if you are using a WDS boot.
5th March 2010, 02:37 PM #3
You cant password PXE client side other than the normal password BIOS/boot menu, the authentication comes server side, which if its setup correctly will stop them.
5th March 2010, 02:42 PM #4
try this i use saves time and problems.
you just need to add
to PXELINUX config file or in FOG 0.28 tick the hide boot menu
By doing this I didn't have to re-train technicians. The computer will, by default, boot from the hard drive and show the PXE menu if you hold down on Ctrl-Alt
MENU SHIFTKEY 1
5th March 2010, 02:54 PM #5
You can also configure syslinux/pxelinux to require a password for a menu option and set it to default boot to hard drive after a timeout.
Password can be different for each menu entry, this can also be used to boot wds.
5th March 2010, 07:37 PM #6
This is what we do. Internal HDD is first, with NIC second. Everything else is disabled and the PXE menu is password protected using the method Plexer mentioned.
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