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 /etc/default/tftp-hpa

OPTIONS="-l -s /var/lib/tftpboot"

Add the following line to /etc/inetd.conf

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 /mnt/

$ sudo mount -o loop ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.iso /mnt/

Copy the files to the /var/log/tftpboot folder

$ 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

Edit the var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default file

label linux
    kernel ubuntu-installer/amd64/linux
    append ks= 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 in this case

Install the DHCP server

$ sudo apt-get install isc-dhcp-server

Edit the config file /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server

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 isc-dhcp-server.

$ 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;
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

See a request for 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

Future work

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 ks.cfg