[ipxe-devel] Booting ipxe on "Serva"

Aydin Cevikkalp acevikka at uni-koeln.de
Mon Feb 19 15:19:16 UTC 2018

Dear ipxe Team,

first of all, thank you for your great work; i really appreciate this 
open source project, because it makes working with pxe a lot more easier.

Im using a programm called "Serva" (Professional) [1], as a PXE-Server 
solution on Windows. After i tried ipxe(with a client) on it i could 
recognize a significant  enhancement of speed with some images. Its 
really nice.

Well now my Problem:

When i am booting PE Based Images (like Windows 10 ...) i get the error 
shown in the attachement. On the official website [2] (under point 
8.7.4- BCD Not Found) are some reasons listed, which can cause this error.

1. I Have no other DHCP Server, its just the one with Serva on it.
2. The BINL option is activated.
3. Booting all images without ipxe works fine, i get the error only with 
4. Im not using Oracle Virtual Box.

The problem seems to be, that after transfering "pxeboot.n12" (which 
should transfer "\_SERVA_\bootmgr.exe" and "\_SERVA_\boot\bcd") only 
transfers "\_SERVA_\bootmgr.exe" and "\_SERVA_\boot\bcd" is not 
transfered, because its getting searched for some reason under the root 
folder \boot\bcd. Well it is possible just to create this folder "boot" 
in the root directory but then it is just possible to boot this single 
Image (because all other images have their own bcds in 
"\_SERVA_\boot\bcd". And everytime im triying to boot another image it 
always finds the "boot\bcd" which doesnt load the right boot.wim. [3] 
(under point "BIOS")

Just to clarify, booting all images without ipxe works fine, i get the 
error only with ipxe.

I would be very happy for any advice.

[1] http://www.vercot.com/~serva/
[2] https://www.vercot.com/~serva/an/WindowsPXE1.html
[3] https://www.vercot.com/~serva/an/WindowsPXE2.html

Kind Regards
Aydin Cevikkalp
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