Dec 18, 2014

How-To Boot Windows Diskless with AoE instead iSCSI

1.] Preparing Windows to Boot Diskless with VirtualBox/Vmare Workstation/ESX

  • Install Windows 7/8/2003/2008 on a Virtual Machine ( create a disk type .vhd with fixed size )
  • open a cmd as administrator and type two commands:
  • C:>bcdedit  -set  TESTSIGNING ON
    C:>bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
  • reboot the /virtual machine
  • Download and Install WinAoE Driver as Storage Controller
  • Download and Install CCBoot Client without options
  • Shutdown Virtual Machine
2.] On Server
  • Install a DHCP Server with option bootfilename grldr
  • Install a TFTP Server and set tftp-root folder
  • Download grub4dos and extract 'grldr' and 'menu.lst' files to the tftp-root folder
  • Edit menu.lst file only with this content:
  • title === MENU BOOTS ===
    title Windows 7 Diskless
    map --mem (pd)/ipxe.iso (0xff)
    map --hook
    chainloader (0xff)
  • Create a text file 'conf.ipxe' with this content:
  • #!ipxe
    dhcp net0
    set keep-san 1
    sanboot aoe:e0.0
  • Download ipxe.iso and with UltraISO, open the ipxe.iso with UltraISO and edit ISOLINUX.CFG with this content:
  • SAY iPXE ISO boot image
    TIMEOUT 30
    DEFAULT ipxe.lkrn
    LABEL ipxe.lkrn
    KERNEL ipxe.krn
    INITRD conf.ipxe
  • Update the ISOLINUX.CFG on UltraISO with new content
  • Drag the file 'conf.ipxe' to inside UltraISO and save the file.
  • Put ipxe.iso on the tftp-root folder
  • Start DHCP Server
  • Start TFTP Server
  • Download and install WinPCAP and vBlade Target System ( AoE ) and export the target of .vhd.
  • Open vblade from Icon on Program Group
  • First find the Device Name of your Network Card with bogus caracters (xxx).
  • vblade -b 65 0 0 xxx “d:path_to_you_vhdwindows.vhd”
  • after copy and paste the Device{value}
  • vblade -b 65 0 0 “Device{value}” “d:path_to_you_vhdwindows.vhd”  enter 
  • Ready ! Boot one machine by LAN Boot, or create a VirtualBox/Vmware Virtual Machine without Disks !
  • You can boot a lot of Machines creating a specific ipxe.iso for each one, dont forget to edit 'conf.ipxe' with diferent targets ( e0.0, e0.1, e0.01), create respective ipxe-e0.0.iso for each workstation, add the menu.lst entry too for each ipxe-e0.x.iso, export each .vhd with vblade changing slots ( 0 1 , 0 2 etc..)


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