You can place gPXE onto a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD-ROM, or USB key. This will contain drivers for all supported network cards, and lets you quickly and easily try out gPXE.
Probably the quickest way to get started using gPXE in a Windows environment is by using the ROM-o-Matic page and downloading some prebuilt images.
Use the pulldown menu on for Step 1 and choose:
- Floppy bootable image (.dsk)
- ISO bootable image (.iso)
- USB Keychain disk image (.usb)
Then click the Get Image Button to download your file.
Then you can use a program such as:
- RawWrite for floppy .dsk images
- ISORecorder for cdrom .iso images
- Win32DiskImager to put the .usb image on a USB key
Download the source tree, and build a floppy disk image using
Transfer the image to a blank floppy disk using
dd if=bin/gpxe.dsk of=/dev/fd0
cat bin/gpxe.dsk > /dev/fd0
where /dev/fd0 is your floppy disk drive. Note that this will erase any information currently on the disk.
Download the source tree, and build an ISO image using
Use your usual CD-burning program (e.g. cdrecord, k3b, etc.) to burn the bin/gpxe.iso image to a blank CD-ROM.
Download the source tree, and build a USB key image using
Transfer the image to a blank USB key using
dd if=bin/gpxe.usb of=/dev/sdX
where /dev/sdX is your USB key. Note that this will erase any information currently on the USB key. Make sure that /dev/sdX really is your USB key, and is not your real hard disk!