PXE Booting demonstration, and notes about extra configuration.

Hi everyone,

Today I’ll be giving you a demonstration of the PXE boot setup I wrote the how-to for here in action. I’ll first show you how it works by PXE booting it within VirtualBox, and then with my laptop. I will also let you know what PXE-related posts I’ll be writing next – I have no shortage of ideas.

If PXE booting isn’t your thing then not to worry, because I have some OS reviews and a joke post involving Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/) and a Raspberry Pi 🙂

Now then, onto the post.

PXE Booting Demonstration in VirtualBox

This is simply to show you that it works, and note a few tweaks I will be posting about soon that make the experience a little bit better.

PXE Booting Demonstration on real hardware

This is a little slow at times, owing to the fact that my laptop only has 10/100 Mb ethernet for some reason, but it’s still perfectly usable. Good to know for those of us on older or, as in this case, slightly strange hardware 🙂 Note this video is quite long- around 20 minutes because a few things needed fixing.

I decided to keep this video rather than re-film because I thought it was important to show how to fix these issues, and it keeps things real. I don’t get everything right first time, but I was sure I’d checked Fedora was working! Oh well XD.

What’s Up Next?

I hope you enjoyed these videos and found them informative :). I have some more PXE-related things coming up, which will be posts rather than videos, but nevertheless they will be helpful. They’ll cover some custom configuration things, like the systemd timeout hack, and UEFI booting, when I eventually get it working :). I also have some Raspberry-Pi-related posts coming up, including a joke one, which involves emulation. That may also be a long video XD.

Anyway, I’ll see you next time, and stay tuned.


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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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