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5 Jan 2009
Hi All,
What I'm looking for is a way to network boot some old PCs to my BartPE build. The specs on these computers vary but on average, the specs are around:
600MHz Intel
128MB RAM
PXE bootable
no CD drive
USB 1.1 (Since 1.1, takes 15 20 minutes to boot from USB CD-ROM, I do not like booting this way)

Problem is, my PE build is 159MBs --- 31MB over the size of the RAM.

The current way I've got my PXE config is to download a ramdisk hard drive image to the client PC. Im using TFTPD32 (with pxelinux menu), a cross over cable, and a harddisk image loaded into ram (RAMPE-R2.img) to boot a PC.
Heres my
WINNT.SIF:
CODE
[SetupData]
BootDevice = "ramdisk(0)"
BootPath = "\i386\System32\"
OsLoadOptions = "/noguiboot /fastdetect /minint /rdexportashd /rdpath=RAMPE-R2.IMG"


Here is the contents of my c:\ramboot2 folder (the folder that TFTPD32 points to)
C:\ramboot2\i386\NTDETECT.COM
C:\ramboot2\i386\SETUPLDR.BIN
C:\ramboot2\NTLDR
C:\ramboot2\NTDETECT.COM
c:\ramboot2\pxelinux.cfg\default
c:\ramboot2\pxelinux.0
c:\ramboot2\startrom.0
c:\ramboot2\RAMPE-R2.IMG (Hard drive image of my current PE)
c:\ramboot2\menu.c32
c:\ramboot2\winnt.sif

- - - - -

The first idea I came up with (for ease of PXE configuration) would be to take out anything unneeded out of my PE build / hard drive image. The main things that I need to have are in my PE build are networking ability, DriveImage XML, and RealVNC --- anything else can go.

I have attached Directory-File-Listing.txt (Which is a list of files in my current RAMPE-R2.IMG)
Let me know what other information you need / any questions you have.

I'm also open to other ideas about booting a PC over a network with such little RAM if the shrinking option is too hard / not possible.

Please Advise!

Thanks!

-Latigo
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Attached File  Directory_File_Listing.txt ( 42.2K ) Number of downloads: 9
 
5 Dec 2008
I hope I picked the right forum to post on... if not, will some gracious admin, please move it to the right spot?

I'm just about at my wits end. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/frusty.gif) I have been working on this for about 2 weeks now. I finally got a RAMPE.iso (based off of the directions here: http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=19333) that works and boots (tested in MS Virtual PC and it booted)
Here is a file list of what is contained in my ISO-that-works:
RAMPE.IMG
WINNT.SIF
I386\SETUPLDR.BIN
I386\NTDETECT.COM

NOTE: This is a WinXP based PE build with Win2K3 files placed in it! (This PE build was not made from a Win2k3 source)

Here is my goal: I have a PE build (that I've named RAMPE---the one mentioned above) that includes a Disk Imaging Backup Program that I use to make image backups of machines. I'd like to boot a remote computer via a crossover cable with a PE build. The reason for this is that the PCs I am backing up have PXE but don't have a CD drive and only have USB 1.1 (way slow). USB is the way that I currently backup these machines and (if I do both partitions at once) it takes 3 hours -- which in my line of work is waaaaay to long.

So after assessing my problem, I began to look into PXE booting with TFTPD32. I've read a bunch of posts and have learned a lot but have still come up short and have not gotten my PXE/TFTP32/RAMPE config to boot successfully.

So here is where I'm at:
I have a booting RAMPE ISO (RAMPE#T1.ISO)
I also have regular BartPE ISOs that I use as Boot CDs.
[I really don't care which type of ISO I get to work, I just want One of the two to work; so if its easier to use a plain BartPE iso, I can do that; or if its easier to use the RAMPE type iso, I can do that too]

I have TFTPD32 Installed on my laptop and have tinkered around with pxelinux.
(...though it may be configured wrong for the type of booting I actually want...) I originally used 2 different tutorials. One was: kloudfreak's tutorial Post 5 (http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1961) After this one didn't quite pan out the way I wanted it to, I tried RCollewijn's one (http://www.collewijn.info/xpe/page/tftpd_ris.php website). RCollewijn's one got me closer -- I got the client pc to pickup a IP address from my laptop and start transferring files; but each time it would load the ramdisk image, it would error out (various errors).

Right now Here are my current configurations (See Attachements):
TFTPD32 Settings (2 Pics in a Word Doc), TFTPD32_Settings_20081205.doc
TFTPD32 Event Log, TFTPD32_Log_20081205.txt
Ramboot2 Folder Contents (2 Pics in a Word Doc), Ramboot2_FolderContents_20081205.doc
(Also, At the moment I'm using a mini-switch (netgear 8 port) instead of a crossover cable)

The current error I get with this configuration is:
-----------------------------------------------------------
INF file txtsetup.sif is corrupt or missing, status 14.

Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.
-----------------------------------------------------------

Please let me know what other details/info are needed.

(Lol, hopefully I didn't make any n00b mistakes) (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)

Thanks!

Latigo
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Attached File  TFTPD32_Settings_20081205.doc ( 51K ) Number of downloads: 15
Attached File  TFTPD32_Log_20081205.txt ( 6.53K ) Number of downloads: 9
Attached File  Ramboot2_FolderContents_20081205.doc ( 87.5K ) Number of downloads: 18
 
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