Nov 022018
 

New in latest Tiny PXE Server version : some files served over the built-in HTTP daemon such as files with extension PHP, VBS and PY can be dynamically processed on the server side and not simply sent back as text/html files.

This gives one the ability to implement a logic on the server side thru php, vbscript or python, including parameters in the URL.

Other engines could be added later on such as node.js, perl, …

Example of ipxe script file on the client side (more reading here).

chain http://${next-server}/boot.php?param1=value1&param2=value2

Example of a boot.php file server side.

<?php
//use $argv[1], $argv[2], etc to retrieve url parameters
echo "#!ipxe\n";
echo "kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot\n";
echo "initrd ${boot-url}/bootmgr                     bootmgr\n";
echo "initrd ${boot-url}/boot/BCD                    BCD\n";
echo "initrd ${boot-url}/Boot/boot.sdi               boot.sdi\n";
echo "initrd ${boot-url}/sources/boot.wim            boot.wim\n";
echo "boot\n";
?>  

The TinyPXE Server config.ini web section.

[web]
port=80
;php.exe file.php param1=value1
php=c:\_apps\php\php.exe
;cscript.exe file.vbs param1=value1 //nologo
vbs=C:\Windows\System32\cscript.exe
;python.exe file.py param1=value1
py=C:\Python27\python.exe
 Posted by at 15 h 40 min
Nov 022018
 

1.0.0.22
added : CTRL+R to refresh interfaces
added : [map] section, before=after
fixed : free stream after transfercomplete
added : safety counter when downloading from remote http server (udp to http)
added : /config:x:\path\config.ini
added : pick up another config file (menu)
added : CTRL+I to display current config file path

 Posted by at 15 h 36 min
Nov 022018
 

See previous article to understand why and what.

In this article, we will see how to create our master / parent VHD and how to install windows onto this disk.

To manipulate virtual hard disks on the command line, i use vmount.

Create parent vhd
vmount createdynamic e:\_images\iscsi.vhd 102400
Attach vhd as physical disk without a drive letter
vmount attach e:\_images\iscsi.vhd NOLETTER
Check it out
vmount disks

At this stage, we have a new \\.\physicaldriveX on your host which we can use within our iscsi target (using Starwind San Free).

Last step, lets boot our diskless computer to install windows.
To do this, I will use TinyPXE Server and iPxe.
I also use QuickPE to customize my winpe (but default ms waik or adk will do as well).

First boot : we will attach our iscsi disk then boot our WinPE from where we will launch windows setup (over a network share)


#!ipxe
#dhcp net0
clear net0.dhcp/gateway:ipv4
set keep-san 1
sanhook iscsi:${next-server}:tcp:3260:0:iqn.2008-08.com.starwindsoftware:erwan-pc2-master
set boot-url http://${dhcp-server}
echo ${platform}_${buildarch}
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
iseq ${platform} pcbios && initrd -n bootmgr.exe ${boot-url}/BOOTMGR.EXE bootmgr.exe ||
iseq ${platform} efi && initrd -n bootmgfw.efi ${boot-url}/bootmgfw.EFI bootmgfw.efi ||
iseq ${platform} pcbios && initrd -n bcd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BCD bcd ||
iseq ${platform} efi && initrd -n bcd ${boot-url}/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/BCD bcd ||
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
iseq ${platform} pcbios && initrd -n boot.wim ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x86/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM ||
iseq ${platform} efi && initrd -n boot.wim ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x64/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM ||
boot

Second boot : lets boot to complete the windows installation


#!ipxe
#dhcp
clear net0.dhcp/gateway:ipv4
set initiator-iqn iqn.2006-11.1
set keep-san 1
sanboot --keep iscsi:${next-server}:tcp:3260:0:iqn.2008-08.com.starwindsoftware:erwan-pc2-master

 Posted by at 14 h 33 min
Jan 082018
 

Sharing a iPXE script (using wimboot) I am using these days along with Tiny PXE Server to boot winpe over the network on multiple platform : pcbios i386, pcbios x86_64, efi i386, efi x86_64.

Tiny PXE Server is serving by default pcbios ipxe.pxe and also, depending on the client architecture, serving the matching ipxe efi version.

See below my config.ini and a custom wimboot.ipxe script.

Discuss it here.


[dhcp]
proxydhcp=1
httpd=1
bind=1
root=\files
filename=ipxe.pxe
altfilename=wimboot.ipxe
[arch]
00006=ipxe-i386.efi
00007=ipxe-x86_64.efi
00009=ipxe-x86_64.efi


#!ipxe
#more about wimboot tips and tricks : http://ipxe.org/wimboot
set boot-url http://${dhcp-server}
#note : we are not going to use cpuid/arch
cpuid --ext 29 && set arch x64 || set arch x86
echo ${arch}
echo ${platform}_${buildarch}
goto ${platform}_${buildarch} || goto unknown
:pcbios_x86_64
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOTMGR.EXE bootmgr.exe
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x64/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM
boot
:pcbios_i386
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOTMGR.EXE bootmgr.exe
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x86/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM
boot
:efi_x86_64
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
initrd ${boot-url}/bootx64.efi bootx64.efi
initrd ${boot-url}/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x64/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM
boot
:efi_i386
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot.i386
initrd ${boot-url}/bootia32.efi bootia32.efi
initrd ${boot-url}/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/x86/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM
boot
:unknown
echo Unknown platform ${platform}_${buildarch}

 Posted by at 20 h 47 min  Tagged with:
Oct 312017
 

1.0.0.21
modified : dns proxy will read entries from config.ini (section=hostname,ident=ip), no more from hosts file
added : right click open config.ini
added : right click open root_path
fixed : share folder will now add everyone read-only on share permissions
added : share is created with STYPE_TEMPORARY flag, i.e will not survive a reboot
added : TPS will answer to specific ‘discovery’ messages (see discover.zip)
fixed : wsMinimized=1 was preventing form_show and load_config
added : each daemon will report on which ip it is listening (useful to troubleshoot)
added : syslogd will read ip under [syslog] in config.ini if one wants to bind to a specific interface (instead of 0.0.0.0 by default)
fixed : error handling in log_memo to avoid a possible date bug
fixed : httpd could not list files/folder in a non indexed folder
modified : ucimp.pas uses winsock, not wsck
modified : iphlpapi_helper.pas uses winsock, not wsck
modified : usnoop uses winsock, not wsck
modified : iptypes uses winsock, not wsck
modified : removed ipheader unit in main form
modified : TPS does not use wsck unit anymore

Discuss it here.
Download here.

 Posted by at 20 h 12 min
Oct 312017
 


1.0.0.20
added : new option wsMinimized in config.ini to start the app minimized
fixed : @mac,@ip,@arch added to dhcp_offer (was only dhcp_ack before)
fixed : pool start correct when opt54 set in ini file
todo : send arch in dhcp offer
added : @opt54 variable next to @mac,@ip,@arch -> similar to ${next-server} in ipxe
fixed : next server passed to send_dhcpoffer and send_dhcpack
added : will add a scrollbar when active monitor height <=600
added : vscroll=1 in config.ini will force a vertical scrollbar
fixed : option 6 dns server was wrong when choosing a different NIC
added : arch will be taken into account in the dhcp offer as well
fixed : tftpd can be disabled again in config.ini
added : will select the active nic in the opt54 combo box
modified : 2 more fields hidden and moved to the advanced part of the form
fixed : log to file is disabled
added : a syslog server is included in the zip file (syslog=127.0.0.1 in the config.ini)

Discuss it here.
Download here.

 Posted by at 20 h 10 min
Oct 312017
 

1.0.0.19
added : root can be an http url (netboot for debian, ubuntu, …)
fixed : stream.free on udp transfer complete
added : can log to a syslog server (add syslog=host in config.ini)
fixed : non critical udp socket errors would stop the dhcp daemon
added : in analysedata, will exit loop as soon as a dhcp message is found
added : in analysedata, will prevent (byte)offset>255
added : offline button will terminatethread if still active (53,67,4011)
fixed : no more high cpu usage on random occasions
added : new options skip_dhcp_inform & skip_dhcp_discarded
added : forcerenew dhcp messages logged

Discuss it here.
Download here.

 Posted by at 20 h 09 min
Fév 112017
 

Following a post from 2014 about booting Winpe over PXE on a UEFI computer, see below a different way to proceed.

-Disable secureboot (or else you’ll need to use a signed bootloader)
-Retrieve latest version of IPXE for UEFI, ipxe-snponly-x86-64.efi and rename it bootia64.efi
-run the following command against your BCD : bcdedit.exe /store BCD /set {bootmgr} nointegritychecks yes
-Use the below wimboot.ipxe script based on Wimboot
-set Tiny PXE Server as below screenshot

wimboot.ipxe


#!ipxe
set boot-url http://${dhcp-server}
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
initrd ${boot-url}/bootmgfw.efi bootmgfw.efi
initrd ${boot-url}/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM
boot

 Posted by at 15 h 26 min
Sep 072014
 

Latest Tiny PXE Server now handles the client system architecture (BIOS, UEFI x32, UEFI x64, etc …).

This allows one to provide the right boot filename based on the client architecture.

Below Tiny PXE Server will send pxeboot.n12 as boot filename (which will chain to bootmgr) and will indicate 00000\bcd as BCD file in BIOS mode.
If UEFI x64 (00007) is detected, and [arch] section filled in the config.ini, it will send bootx64.efi as boot filename and will indicate 00007\bcd as BCD.

See the [arch] section in the config.ini


[arch]
00006=bootia32.efi
00007=bootx64.efi

Tiny PXE Server

Discuss it here.

 Posted by at 18 h 26 min