Category Archives: PXE

PXE Booting FreeBSD 9

I have thrown together a quick guide to get FreeBSD 9 to PXE Boot:

http://freebsd.so14k.com/freebsd9_pxe.shtml

In FreeBSD 9, a few things have changed. If you have an old PXE environment from FreeBSD 8, you will want to make note of the following:

  • No more mfsroot.
  • Which means, no more changes to /boot/loader.conf, it should be empty infact.
  • You need the new pxeboot binary from 9, do not try using an old one.

Adventures with FOG project, aka "All software sucks"

We needed to uplift 80+ desktop PCs from a pile of cheap parts to usable state in about two weeks. Nothing to it, right? Mass installations and cloning are done every day, right? Well, no. I basically had two projects to pick from - Clonezilla and FOG, and picked FOG because Clonezilla is old and clunky, while FOG has a relatively nice and powerful web interface. As it turned out, either of them would have collapsed under the task...

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Adventures with FOG project, aka "All software sucks"

[this post is basically me venting after an all-nighter, it's way too harsh than it should have been]

An alternative title to this could be "if something looks too good to be true, it usually is."

We needed to uplift 80+ desktop PCs from a pile of cheap parts to usable state in about two weeks. Nothing to it, right? Mass installations and cloning are done every day, right? Well, no. I basically had two projects to pick from - Clonezilla and FOG, and picked FOG because Clonezilla is old and clunky, while FOG has a relatively nice and powerful web interface. As it turned out, either of them would have collapsed under the task...

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