PXE Server - boot via UEFI network
Almost all computers, such as laptop, thin client, workstation, server with an integrated network adapter, can boot over the network.
Boot computer over UEFI network
Through PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) it is possible to boot client computers via network server. Almost all computers, such as laptop, thin client, workstation, server with an integrated network adapter, can boot over the network. A computer must be set in the UEFI-BIOS (usually with DEL key) to boot over network.
Servers provide some services such as: DHCP, HTTP, TFTP with bootfiles. DHCP service can also be provided as usual by a router. For some years, computers have been supplied with UEFI (instead of BIOS). UEFI currently has higher requirements for PXE server software.
For example, Windows Server 2012 R2 and later is required to install UEFI Client Computer via Windows Deployment Services (WDS).
To install, backup, and restore ThinClient computers like Intel NUC-Mini-PCs and others Mini-PCs we offer server solutions based on Linux RouterOS incl. lifetime license.PXE Server software properties:
- TFTP protocol with iPXE BootFiles for UEFI client computer
- Prebuilt WinPE boot menu for Windows 10 installation, full backup and restore
- Prebuilt Linux Debian boot menu for Ubuntu 18.04 installation, full backup and restore
- Web-based configuration (see below shares and user management)
- HTTP Server for fast loading of large files
- WEB proxy for local and fast Linux installation
- Boot only selected computers with specific MAC addresses
- Transparent menu structure for redesign and extension
- An IT employee can get started quickly and does not need several days or even weeks
Menu structure, extentable
Adapted to our Mini-PCs / ThinClients which we offer with either Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop or Windows 10 Pro, PXE boot server is delivered with the following boot menu functions, see pictures below.
Client boot menu, provided by PXE boot server
OS Installation and delete confirmation