[ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers

Ian Bannerman ian at internals.io
Wed Apr 30 01:55:58 BST 2014

Ok, great. This should be pretty straightforward then. There were some changes to how bootmgr.exe was stored in bootmgr and wimboot was recently updated to support this. Can you grab the latest version from here and see if it resolves your issue - https://git.ipxe.org/releases/wimboot/wimboot-latest.zip ?

If that does not work, please try directly using bootmgr.exe (thus avoiding wimboot extracting it) by grabbing the file from inside the winpe.wim file at Windows\Boot\PXE\bootmgr.exe


From: amit.shah at citrix.com
To: ian at internals.io; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org
Subject: RE: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:51:59 +0000

Server 2012. This is the script
echo ======================================================================
echo freeing all loaded images to ensure wimboot works
echo ======================================================================
set base <%= repo_url.sub(%r{/$}, '') %>
kernel <%= file_url('wimboot', true) %>
initrd ${base}/bootmgr                          bootmgr
initrd ${base}/boot/bcd                         BCD
initrd ${base}/boot/fonts/segmono_boot.ttf      segmono_boot.ttf
initrd ${base}/boot/fonts/segoe_slboot.ttf      segoe_slboot.ttf
initrd ${base}/boot/fonts/segoen_slboot.ttf     segoen_slboot.ttf
initrd ${base}/boot/fonts/wgl4_boot.ttf         wgl4_boot.ttf
initrd ${base}/boot/boot.sdi                    boot.sdi
initrd ${base}/winpe.wim                        boot.wim
echo ======================================================================
echo now booting WinPE client
Server 2012 R2 doesn’t work atall. I get an bootmgr.exe not found error. Is there any fix available for this ?

From: Ian Bannerman [mailto:ian at internals.io]

Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:22 PM

To: Amit Shah; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org

Subject: RE: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers


Server 2012 or Server 2012 R2? Can you please share the wimboot portion of your ipxe script?




amit.shah at citrix.com

To: ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:01:25 +0000

Subject: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers

I am trying to install Windows Server 2012 on physical servers. Followed the instructions here
http://ipxe.org/wimboot. After loading all the files I see a blank screen. I found several posts with this issue but with no definitive solution.

I added the missing font, made sure the bios is at latest, etc.
The same task works fine on a VM hosted on Xen but doesn’t work on a physical servers. These are some hardware details
"productname":"ProLiant DL360 G5",
"type":"Rack Mount Chassis"
Are there any know issues ? Any help is appreciated.

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