PXE Booting a Virtual Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by cocachris89, Sep 13, 2013.

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  1. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Hi everyone,

    If this is in the wrong subforum, forgive me as it (I think so) covers severs areas of technology.

    To start out with, I have several bootable antivirus images on one usb stick. The problem with this is they all require definition updates (about 100mb for about 7 odd bootable AVs) when started. If I use persistence, it would mean to dedicate a USB for every AV (unless I use multiple partitions, messing around with grub, etc.), which is kind of inefficient.

    Then I remembered I have a Windows 2K8R2 server that PXE boots Windows 7/8/2K8 etc. for reinstallations, and I thought "A network bootable persistent AV!". I would dedicate a VHD/VMDK (maybe 5-10GB) for each AV, have persistence AV definitions, be able to boot each one from a network, and update them in a virtual machine.

    My question is, has anyone had any experience with this in 2K8R2 or FOG server? Would it be possible?
     
  2. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    I use reboot.pro for years. PXE boot is my "solution" to everything at work & at home
    erwan made perfect tool, the only proxyDHCP on Windows which is free

    sebus
     
  4. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks for the responses and links everyone. :)

    They all seem to do pretty much the same thing with a few extra features.

    Another question; after booting from the VMDK/VHD, does it recognize the physical disk on the client (supposedly diskless) computer?
     
  5. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    like other hardware detection it will detect client hdd too...