Using removable media

You can place gPXE onto a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD-ROM, or USB key. This will contain drivers for all supported network cards, and lets you quickly and easily try out gPXE.

Creating Images Using Prebuilt Binaries

Probably the quickest way to get started using gPXE in a Windows environment is by using the ROM-o-Matic page and downloading some prebuilt images.

Use the pulldown menu on for Step 1 and choose:

  • Floppy bootable image (.dsk)
  • ISO bootable image (.iso)
  • USB Keychain disk image (.usb)

Then click the Get Image Button to download your file.

Then you can use a program such as:

  • If your happy with dd under linux and need a dd for windows you can try this
  • Also a nice commercial package is WinImage

Creating a bootable floppy disk

Download the source tree, and build a floppy disk image using

  make bin/gpxe.dsk

Transfer the image to a blank floppy disk using

  dd if=bin/gpxe.dsk of=/dev/fd0

or

  cat bin/gpxe.dsk > /dev/fd0

where /dev/fd0 is your floppy disk drive. Note that this will erase any information currently on the disk.

Creating a bootable CD-ROM

Download the source tree, and build an ISO image using

  make bin/gpxe.iso

Use your usual CD-burning program (e.g. cdrecord, k3b, etc.) to burn the bin/gpxe.iso image to a blank CD-ROM.

Creating a bootable USB key

Download the source tree, and build a USB key image using

  make bin/gpxe.usb

Transfer the image to a blank USB key using

  dd if=bin/gpxe.usb of=/dev/sdX

where /dev/sdX is your USB key. Note that this will erase any information currently on the USB key. Make sure that /dev/sdX really is your USB key, and is not your real hard disk!