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Tutorial: pxe-boot

I am using a user friendly router at home. Great for guest wlan and even separated lans, but it is not able to add boot information on the DHCP service.
But - thanks to dnsmasq - you are able to add this information without modifying your router. It is able to enrich the DHCP response.

Installation is simple:

apt-get install dnsmasq

Afterwards move the original configuration:

mv /etc/dnsmasq.conf /etc/dnsmasq-bak.conf

And create a new one:

nano /etc/dnsmasq.conf

With following content:

port= dhcp-range=,proxy
dhcp-boot=pxelinux.,, pxe-service=x86PC,"Automatic Network boot",pxelinux
pxe-prompt="Press F8 for selection",5 pxe-service=X86PC,"Boot from harddrive",

DNS is disabled by the “port=0” command. DHCP range is given by your router.
“” is the ip of the linux server running the dnsmasq instance.

You do not have to install a ftp server, tftp is part of the dnsmasq service. Just add the information where the boot files are stored.

After that you have to define what pxe-services or boot images you are providing. Due to the additional config files and default settings this will be part of my next tutorial.