Goal: set up a PXE server to be able to download ISOs and remotely install operating systems
Install the necessary files
$ sudo apt-get install apache2 tftpd-hpa inetutils-inetd
Append the following lines to
RUN_DAEMON="yes" OPTIONS="-l -s /var/lib/tftpboot"
Add the following line to
tftp dgram udp wait root /usr/sbin/in.tftpd /usr/sbin/in.tftpd -s /var/lib/tftpboot
Restart the tftp server
sudo systemctl restart tftpd-hpa
Copy the files from the image that you want to boot to
$ sudo mount -o loop ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.iso /mnt/
Copy the files to the
$ sudo cp -fr /mnt/install/netboot/* /var/lob/tftpboot/
Make a directory for ubuntu files
$ sudo mkdir /var/www/html/ubuntu
Copy the files to that directory
$ sudo cp -fr /mnt/* /var/www/html/ubuntu
label linux kernel ubuntu-installer/amd64/linux append ks=http://192.168.2.1/ks.cfg vga=normal initrd=ubuntu-installer/amd64/initrd.gz ramdisk_size=16432 root=/dev/rd/0 rw --
Replace the IP address with the PXE server’s IP address
192.168.2.1 in this case
Install the DHCP server
$ sudo apt-get install isc-dhcp-server
Edit the config file
Set the interfaces to the appropriate interface where DHCP requests should be served.
Assign an IP address to that interface in the
/etc/network/interfaces file that is NOT in the DHCP address pool, bring the interface up and then restart the
$ sudo systemctl restart isc-dhcp-server
Have an error with having 1 interface that has a DHCP address and another where a DHCP server is running.
It appears that the network manager doesn’t wait for the wired link to be brought up before continuing on and reporting that there is no listening interface.
Need to add a config portion to the
/etc/dhcp/dhcp.conf file below the area where pools are assigned
allow booting; allow bootp; option option-128 code 128 = string; option option-129 code 129 = text; next-server 192.168.1.105; filename "pxelinux.0";
Have a problem with the dhcp server assigning a DHCP address to it’s own interface.
Stop the DHCP server, Start the interface with a static address outside of the DHCP pool Start the DHCP server again?
$ sudo systemctl stop isc-dhcp-server $ sudo ifdown enx0050b617c64c $ sudo ifup enx0050b617c64c $ sudo systemctl start isc-dhcp-server
Select the 'linux' option from the PXE Boot Menu
Now, set up the DHCP server on the wlan0 interface
Edit the following files
/etc/default/isc-dhcp-server add the INTERFACE on which to listen
Having a problem with the DHCP server.
Checking the config file at /etc/dhcp/dhcp.conf
Set the DNS to be 184.108.40.206
See a request for 192.168.0.100 from an address with MAC 00:50:b6:17:c6:4c
That was a dhclient process still running on the old interface. Killed it with
sudo kill -9 PID
How to automate the process so it is fully automated?
Didn’t create a kickstart file, just set up the PXE server to install the Ubuntu server image over the network.
For easier configuration of machiens, create a kickstart file