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PING PXE on Windows Server

Where to start? PING = Partimage Is Not Ghost.  Ok, I get it.

THE biggest hurdle to getting this to run? For some reason, I figured a machine that could get an IP address for the PXE process could get an IP address later on. Not true. Oh, and make sure you have ONE dhcp server on your network – this one! I didn’t make that mistake, but I see how you could. I actually set this up on Windows Virtual PC’s as a pilot for a customer, but I finally got it all working…

So, here’s how it seems to work – or at least close enough to get it working. PXE gets an IP address, then PXE downloads the OS over TFTP. Then it does something like a pseudo reboot and uses the initrd as part of the final “build” on the client computer.

Ok, so, if it can get an IP address to do the TFTP, why can’t {what I am calling} the final build?

Anyway, so what do you do about this? The answer is pretty simple. The file “default” that they ask you to make? Well, you hard code the IP address of both the client computer, the server (where you will store your images) the subnet mask, the default gateway, and, what the heck, you might as well hard code the user name and password there too!. I will post my ‘default’ file.

The second thing I did to get this to actually work? I downloaded their files and put them where I think they belong. Which wound up being 2 separate places. And then it didn’t seem to work. So, I downloaded the PING iso file, and copied all the files from there. So, some combination of files was missing, but now I seem to have them all.

Hint – I now get the PING logo, whereas before I didn’t.

Now let’s walk thru this. TFTPD32 settings – note, I did the ‘service’ install – watch which one you download!

Contents of the ‘default’ file (if you copy and paste, make sure you know what is on one line and what isn’t, and that you get it all!). And NO, I do NOT get a nice menu to pick from. But it does work.

DEFAULT default
PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 300
DISPLAY boot.msg
LABEL default
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL backup
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL restore
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL dummy
KERNEL kernel

Notes:
Server is 192.168.1.201, subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, the PXE “client” will be 192.168.1.222, the share is called images, as is the user name and password.

In following my “shotgun” approach, all this is duplicated under Create_New_Image.

Good luck!

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Posted February 19, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Monitoring services on a IIS machine (http://www.paneldaemon.com)

http://www.paneldaemon.com/
I have a client running SBS2003 I think I might try this on…
From their website (I bolded the stuff I thought was important)

PanelDaemon is a free web based Microsoft Windows Service Applications manager. PanelDaemon is written in ASP.NET and C#. It is designed to run under IIS. It can be used in conjunction with FireDaemon. It is released under the terms of the GPL. If you don’t want to deploy IIS, you might want to take a look at FireDaemon Trinity.

Manage any Windows service via your web browser or mobile phone
Ability to view/start/stop any Windows service (including FireDaemon ones)

Posted October 30, 2008 by mmdmurphy in freeware, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Small Business Server "Company Web" from Internet

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=838429
WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, edit the HTML code for the default Web site to make the My Company’s Internal Web Site link work over the Internet. To do this, you must replace the internal http://companyweb link with the following external link:
https://FQDN_of_SBS_Server:444 This external link works correctly both over the local network and
over the Internet.
Note The Windows SBS 2003 Setup program cannot configure the My Company’s Internal Web Site link in advance for external use, because neither the server’s fully qualified domain name (FQDN) nor its external Internet Protocol (IP) address is known when you run the Setup program.
To edit the HTML code, follow these steps:
1.      Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
2.      Expand My Computer, expand Local Disk (C:), expand Inetpub, and then click wwwroot.
3.      In the right pane, right-click the Default.htm file, point to Open With, and then click Notepad.
4.      On the Edit menu, click Replace.
5.      In the Find what box, type http://companyweb.
6.      In the Replace with box, type https://FQDN_of_SBS_Server:444.
7.      Click Replace All, and then close the Replace dialog box.
8.      On the File menu, click Exit.
9.      Click Yes to save your changes.
When you access the Welcome page on the default Web site over the Internet, and you then click the My Company’s Internal Web Site link, you are now redirected to your company’s internal Web site.

Posted September 22, 2008 by mmdmurphy in sbs2003, tips, windows

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Securely deleting files

I have been using these to securely erase files and empty recycling bin…

And to undelete files

Should also mention

Posted August 15, 2008 by mmdmurphy in backups and recovery, sbs2003, security, tips, windows

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Backing up files

Scenario – SQL Server backs up data files every night at 11 pm to the D drive, and at 2 am these are copied to a backup device (shows up as E drive). This backup device uses 3 cartridges that are swapped every night.

Problem – how to keep backup device from filling up with too many backups (each is about 1/2 gig and the cartridges hold about 40 gig.)

Solution – Since there are 3 cartridges, I created a batch file to delete the backup files from the D drive every 4 days at 10 pm. I then created a batch file to delete the backups from the cartridges every 7 days.

Posted August 15, 2008 by mmdmurphy in backups and recovery, freeware, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Windows "mesh"

I have been spending some time with Microsoft’s www.mesh.com aka windows live mesh. Pretty cool, allowing me to synch between 2 PC’s and a virtual desktop out on the internet. I need to spend more time with it, but I also realize I haven’t posted in a while.

Also allows remote control of your desktops.

Posted August 7, 2008 by mmdmurphy in backups and recovery, freeware, sbs2003, security, tips, windows

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Moving SBS2003 User Data

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830254
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329640
http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=75530

Probably the best one:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/d2a5bff4-3390-42f5-b61c-e03f11cc25741033.mspx?mfr=true

Posted February 25, 2008 by mmdmurphy in sbs2003, tips, windows

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