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Oracle® Server X6-2 Installation Guide for Windows Server Operating Systems

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Updated: April 2016

Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Using PXE Network Boot

This section explains the initial information you will need and provides the instructions you need to follow to install the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system over an established PXE-based network using a customer-provided Windows Imaging Format (WIM) image.

Note that this procedure documents the initial steps to install Windows Server over the network using Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Specifically, it explains the steps for selecting the server PXE network interface card that will communicate with your WDS installation server. For further information about using WDS to install Windows Server 2012 R2, see Microsoft's Windows Deployment Services documentation at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj648426.aspx.

Before You Begin

To use PXE to boot the installation media over the network, you must:

  • Configure the network (NFS, TFTP, DHCP) server to export the installation tree.

  • Configure the files on the TFTP server that are necessary for PXE booting.

  • Configure the server's MAC network port address to boot from the PXE configuration.

  • Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

    Note -  Configuring a DHCP server might not be necessary, because only one DHCP server is needed in the local network.

To use WDS to perform the installation, you must:

  • Add the required system device drivers to the install.wim image and, if necessary, the boot.wim image.

    For instructions for adding drivers to the WIM installation image(s), see the Microsoft Windows Deployment Services documentation.

  • Obtain the WIM Administrator password.

  1. Ensure that the PXE network environment is properly set up and the Windows installation media is available for PXE boot.
  2. Reset the server.

    For example, to reset the server:

    • From the local server, press the Power button on the front panel of the server for approximately 1 second to power off the server, then press the Power button again to power on the server.

    • From the Oracle ILOM web interface, click Host Management → Power Control, select Reset from the Select Action list box, then click Save.

    • From the Oracle ILOM CLI, type: reset /System

    The server begins the boot process and the BIOS screen appears.

    image:Graphic showing BIOS Screen.

    Note -  The next events occur very quickly; therefore, be ready to press the F2 key. Watch carefully for messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time. You might want to enlarge the size of your screen to eliminate scroll bars.
  3. To verify that PXE boot is enabled, perform the following steps:

    Note -  PXE boot is enabled by default; however, this step directs you to verify that PXE boot is enabled in the event that it was disabled. Once you have verified that PXE boot is enabled, you can omit this step on subsequent PXE boots.
    1. Press the F2 key to access the BIOS Setup Utility.

      The BIOS Setup Utility appears.

    2. Select Advanced in the top menu bar.

      The BIOS Setup Utility Advanced screen appears.

    3. Select Network Stack from the list of available options.

      The BIOS Setup Utility Network Stack screen appears.

      image:Graphic showing the BIOS setting for PXE                                         Boot.
    4. If necessary, set the appropriate PXE Support setting (either IPv4 or IPv6) to Enabled.
    5. To save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility, press the F10 key.

    This causes the server to reset. After resetting, the BIOS screen appears again.

  4. In the BIOS screen, press the F8 key to specify a temporary boot device or press F12 to network boot (PXE).

    The Please Select Boot Device menu appears listing the available boot devices. The screen that appears will differ depending on whether you have BIOS configured for Legacy BIOS Boot Mode or UEFI Boot Mode.

    • For Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, a screen similar to the following appears:

      image:Screen showing the Select Boot Device menu in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.
    • For UEFI Boot Mode, a screen similar to the following appears:

      image:Screen showing the Select Boot Device menu in UEFI Boot                                         Mode.

    Note -  The boot device menu that appears in your installation might differ depending on the type of disk controller and other components, such as PCIe network cards, installed in your server.
  5. In the Please Select Boot Device menu, select the network port that is configured to communicate with your PXE network install server.

    The network bootloader loads and a boot prompt appears. After a few seconds the installation kernel will begin to load.

  6. To complete the installation, refer to Step 5 of Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Manually Using Local or Remote Media.