Support for network boot (pxe)?

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by Ian, May 7, 2006.

  1. Ian

    Ian

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    I have searched this forum, and the User Guide, but haven't yet found any indication that Parallels supports a network boot. Did I miss the obvious, or is this not supported, or perhaps, its planned for GA or a future release? Any information will be appreciated.
    Thanks! -Ian
     
  2. bbraun

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    The network adapter does not appear in the "Boot Sequence" options for a vm. That leads me to believe netboot is not an option in Parallels.
     
  3. Ian

    Ian

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    Yeah, I looked there too and was coming to the same conclusion. Though, since this is something that I could use, I was hoping that network boot might be something activated via hot-key or some other, less than obvious, means.
     
  4. Andrew @ Parallels

    Andrew @ Parallels Parallels Developers

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    There will be no PXE boot in this version - sorry guys. But we plan it for future versions for sure.
     
  5. leon

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    What did folks do before systems had PXE boot capabilities at the BIOS level. I presume some kind of boot disk was devised, that implemented the PXE request and then tftp'd and launched the bootstrap code?

    Anyone have a floppy or CD iso boot image with just enough networking drivers and scripts to "fake" a PXE boot in a Parallels environment? Or a pointer to something generic that could be tweaked?

    I'm willing to tinker.

    If we solve that, then the next question will be what sort of command-line / scriptable front-end is planned for Parallels such that we can manipulate the boot order (and move HDD ahead of the PXE boot image, after the fact)?

    \Leon
     
  6. Ian

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    Sorry! I forgot to follow up to my own post. The solution you are looking for is at: http://etherboot.org/ That is how I was able to do a PXE boot after all. Just get one of the floppy ISO images and point Parallels at it (as a CD-image) and you are set. Works great!
     

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