[syslinux] Extlinux & PXE Booting...

Paul Emmerich paul.emmerich at oocero.de
Fri Feb 10 11:12:31 PST 2017


> Luke Hassell via Syslinux <syslinux at zytor.com>:
> I have a situation where a remote network of computers that normally PXE boot Linux has been powered off so long, the BIOS boot order is forgotten, reverting to the HD only.
> With the machines PXE booted (manually) now thanks to a colleague, I have an opportunity to install Syslinux on the hard drive.  I would like to install it on a small active partition, sda1, so that it then PXE boots. This will allow the system to PXE boot, even if the BIOS is never configured to do so (or the CMOS battery is dead).

You should be able to flash iPXE on your default boot disk, that will effectively force the system to do a PXE boot.
I've had a similar problem with a BIOS that couldn't be convinced to run the PXE option rom of the NIC and iPXE on a USB drive solved it for me.


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