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Configuring a Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) using Red Hat Linux 7.2 on Compaq ProLiant Servers

Figure 1 shows a typical setup for Red Hat Linux 7.2, including the servers and the target client machine.

DHCP Server or BootP

PXE Client (Target)

PXE Server with OS Image

Figure 1. Typical PXE setup for Red Hat Linux 7.2

Preparing for a Red Hat Linux PXE Server

Before proceeding with PXE server setup, be sure to install Red Hat Linux with the following aspects:

  • Anonymous FTP server support

  • C and C++ Development

  • Static IP Address

  • Red Hat Source (RPMS, specifically, the PXE SRPM)

The PXE package for Red Hat contains the Preboot eXecution Environment server. Code bits needed for Linux to boot from a boot disk image is available on your Red Hat install and source disks or from the following link: http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=pxe.

Setting Up the Linux PXE Server

After configuring a static IP address, allowing for both anonymous FTP support and software development support, setup the PXE server by following the steps detailed in the subsequent sections.

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