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ipxe boot iso files and load as virtual cd drive
2018-01-31, 00:23
Post: #1
ipxe boot iso files and load as virtual cd drive
hi there.
I have been reading many topics and forums and I am stuck .
I am trying to ipxe boot an iso file. But I need the iso file to load as a cd drive on the machine .
I have a fog project machine setup and I tried the following setup
sanboot --no-describe --drive 0x80 http://xxx.iso
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initrd http://192.168.7.21/fog/isoimg/trx.iso
chain memdisk ||

even

initrd http://192.168.7.21/fog/isoimg/trx.iso
chain memdisk iso raw ||

it boots ok but the iso check for files on a cd drive during the boot up and it can’t find any so it hangs. I have a usb boot key tool that I use to load different iso
Windows-linux,nas4free, etc
I would like to move that to a pxe platform .
I would like to avoid decompressing iso files. When new builds come out I would like to only replace the iso file.

Any suggestions ?
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2018-01-31, 21:58
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RE: ipxe boot iso files and load as virtual cd drive
Indeed there is loots of threads about this and the answer is almost always "don't try to boot an ISO"
Here is one thread that explains it quite well: http://forum.ipxe.org/showthread.php?tid=9314

To boot windows, use wimboot
To boot linux, extract the ISO and use the correct method for PXE boot
And so on.

One interesting project is: http://git.ipxe.org/osbootd.git
Which as I understand it, is intended to do the ISO extraction on the fly for many different OSs

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Did you include relevant ipxe.org error urls?
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