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

Amit Shah amit.shah at citrix.com
Wed Apr 30 03:53:01 BST 2014


Hi Ian,

I have tried on a couple of physical servers (same types) and see same issue.

After commenting initrd for BCD I do see an error screen (Recovery screen complaining about missing BCD).

I am not sure how do I run bcdedit without OS being loaded. Can you explain ?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Amit

From: Ian Bannerman [mailto:ian at internals.io]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:14 PM
To: Amit Shah; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org
Subject: RE: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers

Does the problem only happen on that machine, or do other, different, physical machines have the same problem?


Also, let's try to narrow down where things are going wrong. If you comment out the initrd for the BCD, do you see an error after everything is downloaded? If so, we know we're making it that far.

If so, can you use bcdedit to enable the legacy menu: bcdedit /store <path to your bcd file> /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

That will cause a few loading bars before you should see the Windows logo (which we're not reaching). What do you see in this case?

--Ian
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From: amit.shah at citrix.com<mailto:amit.shah at citrix.com>
To: ian at internals.io<mailto:ian at internals.io>; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org<mailto:ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org>
Subject: RE: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:25:58 +0000
Hi Ian,

The new wimboot did solve the issue with Server 2012 R2 of "bootmgr.exe not found". But even in this case I am left with a blank screen after all files finish loading. Also to re-iterate the same script works on a VM on xen but gives a blank screen on a physical server.

Thanks
Amit

From: Ian Bannerman [mailto:ian at internals.io]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:56 PM
To: Amit Shah; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org<mailto:ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org>
Subject: RE: [ipxe-devel] wimboot issue with server 2012 on physical servers

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


--Ian
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From: amit.shah at citrix.com<mailto:amit.shah at citrix.com>
To: ian at internals.io<mailto:ian at internals.io>; ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org<mailto: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

#!ipxe
echo ======================================================================
echo freeing all loaded images to ensure wimboot works
imgfree
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 ======================================================================
imgstat
echo now booting WinPE client
boot


Server 2012 R2 doesn't work atall. I get an bootmgr.exe not found error. Is there any fix available for this ?

Thanks
Amit

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<mailto: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?

Thanks!
--Ian
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From: amit.shah at citrix.com<mailto:amit.shah at citrix.com>
To: ipxe-devel at lists.ipxe.org<mailto: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
Hi,
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.

http://forum.ipxe.org/showthread.php?tid=7085
http://forum.ipxe.org/showthread.php?tid=7121
http://lists.ipxe.org/pipermail/ipxe-devel/2013-January/002176.html

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

"bios_vendor":"HP",
"bios_version":"P58",
"bios_release_date":"05/02/2011",
"manufacturer":"HP",
"productname":"ProLiant DL360 G5",
"serialnumber":"USE839N9CA",
"uuid":"33393935-3234-5553-4538-33394E394341",
"type":"Rack Mount Chassis"

Are there any know issues ? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks
Amit

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