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PXE Boot

When a client is set to boot from network, and is given basic IP information to connect, how does the client know where to look on the RIS server to start the install from? what if there are 5 servers? thats confusing me for some reason?
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    ranjitcoolranjitcool Member Posts: 80 ■■□□□□□□□□
    hey,

    as far as i know, once the client is assigned an ip by a dhcp server, the domain server will point to the server having the RIS installation.

    i am not sure if there are multiple servers with ris... hmm i just think it wud get be first come first server or something of that sort..

    but then who wud have 5 ris servers icon_rolleyes.gif

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    mrjawbonesmrjawbones Member Posts: 48 ■■□□□□□□□□
    The PXE server will look for DHCP discovery requests that include a special tag that identifies the client as a PXE client. If the discovery request includes the tag, the PXE server replies to the client with configuration information, including the name of a boot image file. If there are multiple PXE servers, I think it would be a matter of which one responds first. Not positive about that, but I think that's the case. I remember back when we used Altiris for image deployment, we would have multiple PXE servers and I'm pretty sure you could set a response delay which made it possible to prioritize the servers based on subnet or whatever.
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    webspongewebsponge Member Posts: 119
    mrjawbones wrote:
    The PXE server will look for DHCP discovery requests that include a special tag that identifies the client as a PXE client. If the discovery request includes the tag, the PXE server replies to the client with configuration information, including the name of a boot image file. If there are multiple PXE servers, I think it would be a matter of which one responds first. Not positive about that, but I think that's the case. I remember back when we used Altiris for image deployment, we would have multiple PXE servers and I'm pretty sure you could set a response delay which made it possible to prioritize the servers based on subnet or whatever.

    thank you , makes sense using the DORA sequence to establish a pxe client needs help :D

    I meant just 5 servers, Ive never used PXE, so I assume its just a service you can add to a server and set up your own image directory.

    thanks
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