You need to have a working Active Directory in order to take full advantages of all these products. In some scenarios, it’s not possible to use these technologies. I’m assuming that you have no Active Directory available bootmgr.exe pxeboot.n12, pxeboot.n12 pxeboot reacheable. Imagine a situation where you have to setup a staging area in a room with no network connection to the rest of your network.
You can use ready to use tools such as TFTPD32. I’ll provide some scripts and utilities to smooth your installation. On the menu, click on File and select Configure. As you can see, you cannot configure much. You will also need to populate the tftp root directory with your pxe files and bootable images. You can download the tool from here.
The tool can also be installed as a windows service if you need to. You have some advanced settings that can be configured but for this post we are just interested in the DHCP-TFTP Functionality. Note: if you want to make TFTP32. To ease the setup, I’m assuming that you will be using the DHCP feature of the TFTPD32. If you click on settings button, you will be redirected to the following dialog box.
You can accept default or point to another folder if you prefer to. As you can see, this is quite straightforward ! Using TFTPD32 can be useful, if you do not have the DHCP Service already installed on your Windows box. Like the previous option, we are not able to boot in PXE mode at this stage, we will need to populate the tftp root directory with the correct files.
Again no panic, we will explain that in the next lines. This is only possible for Windows 2003 Operating Systems. If you have Windows 2008 OS or later, you will need to copy the file from a Windows 2003 box. To start the service automatically at boot time, in services. Additional information : if the tftpdroot is not automatically created, you need to created it manually.