This section contains tutorials that will guide you through performing a variety of network booting tasks for the first time. You'll need to download and build gPXE before trying most of them.
There are three typical deployment scenarios for gPXE.
- If you are a new user of gPXE, the quickest way to get started is to try putting gPXE onto a removable medium, such as:
- If you are deploying gPXE to a USB key, you may be interested in following one of these guides:
- Network card manufacturers, OEMs, and seasoned users may be interested in:
- Users with existing large PXE deployments may want to try:
- Users with existing IBM/Novell RPL deployments may want to try:
- Users with DHCP deployments that can't be changed may want to try:
gPXE can boot from a web server just as easily as from a TFTP server. Web servers typically scale better than TFTP servers, and don't suffer from the file size limitations and other problems that plague TFTP booting.
gPXE has a minimal scripting language. Any command that you can type at the gPXE command prompt can be included into a script file.
Boot from SAN is the process of booting from a remote disk, using a protocol such as iSCSI or AoE. It can be used to boot operating systems that do not generally support network booting, such as Windows Server 2003, Windows XP or Windows Vista.
gPXE has basic support for a few types of 802.11 wireless cards, and can boot over wireless networks including those protected by WEP or WPA Personal encryption.
Windows PE is the installer for Vista and later versions of Windows. It can be started from the network using gPXE.
There are several DHCP options that can be used to control advanced features of gPXE. Instructions are available for