4.1.8 Final Steps

At this point your DHCP/PXE Server is fully configured and ready to assist your target servers with a completely automated installation.

To begin the process, make sure you have updated the /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default configuration file to use the OVS option as the default in the case of a timeout.

Reboot each target server and make sure you have configured the Network Boot or PXE Boot option in the BIOS.

Each target server should make a DHCP request automatically during the network boot process. The DHCP/PXE Server should respond providing an IP address and the path to the PXELinux binary on the TFTP server. Each target server makes a TFTP request for the PXELinux file, and then loads the default menu.

After 800ms the target server reaches its timeout if no menu option is selected. The OVS option is selected by default. The server uses TFTP to load the kernel and initrd image, and begins the boot process.

If the server is able to connect to the NFS server, installation begins.

When installation is complete, and prior to reboot, it is imperative that you change the /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default configuration file to use the LocalBoot option as the default in the case of a timeout.