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Force PXE next boot

  1. #1


    Chad Skinner Guest

    Force PXE next boot

    I have a need to periodically tell all my validation machines to reboot to
    PXE so I can re-imagine them with ImageX/WinPE to a new test run.

    Problem is I can't find an easy way to utilize BCDedit or other tools (tried
    making changes with Diskpart but that didn't go well

    I'm trying to avoid having to set PXE as the primary boot option and then
    turn PXE on or off in my infrastructure. I'm also trying to avoid coding
    around it at the TFTP server.

    Does anyone know how I can set the Vista Boot Loader to reboot to PXE from
    the active OS?

    Again the scenario is:
    1) System is booted to Vista and running my automated tests
    2) Automated Tests are complete and a new image is needed
    3) My automation tells Vista to reboot to PXE
    4) My imaging automation reimages the system
    5) System reboots to the new install



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Richard G. Harper Guest

    Re: Force PXE next boot

    I don’t believe this is possible. This is something that happens in BIOS,
    before the OS is loaded; so any OS options would come after the computer has
    already decided to boot the OS instead of other hardware.

    "Chad Skinner" <ChadSkinner@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:2F8F929D-60BC-417C-A86C-734593B2FAFA@xxxxxx

    > I have a need to periodically tell all my validation machines to reboot to
    > PXE so I can re-imagine them with ImageX/WinPE to a new test run.
    >
    > Problem is I can't find an easy way to utilize BCDedit or other tools
    > (tried
    > making changes with Diskpart but that didn't go well
    >
    > I'm trying to avoid having to set PXE as the primary boot option and then
    > turn PXE on or off in my infrastructure. I'm also trying to avoid coding
    > around it at the TFTP server.
    >
    > Does anyone know how I can set the Vista Boot Loader to reboot to PXE from
    > the active OS?
    >
    > Again the scenario is:
    > 1) System is booted to Vista and running my automated tests
    > 2) Automated Tests are complete and a new image is needed
    > 3) My automation tells Vista to reboot to PXE
    > 4) My imaging automation reimages the system
    > 5) System reboots to the new install
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Chad Skinner Guest

    Re: Force PXE next boot

    I know I can do it in Linux just by telling the boot loader what to do. I
    was hoping the same could be done with the Vista Boot Loader. These are also
    EFI based systems, there should be a way for the boot loader to communicate
    via GPT..... I'll keep looking.


    "Richard G. Harper" wrote:

    > I don’t believe this is possible. This is something that happens in BIOS,
    > before the OS is loaded; so any OS options would come after the computer has
    > already decided to boot the OS instead of other hardware.
    >
    > "Chad Skinner" <ChadSkinner@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:2F8F929D-60BC-417C-A86C-734593B2FAFA@xxxxxx

    > > I have a need to periodically tell all my validation machines to reboot to
    > > PXE so I can re-imagine them with ImageX/WinPE to a new test run.
    > >
    > > Problem is I can't find an easy way to utilize BCDedit or other tools
    > > (tried
    > > making changes with Diskpart but that didn't go well
    > >
    > > I'm trying to avoid having to set PXE as the primary boot option and then
    > > turn PXE on or off in my infrastructure. I'm also trying to avoid coding
    > > around it at the TFTP server.
    > >
    > > Does anyone know how I can set the Vista Boot Loader to reboot to PXE from
    > > the active OS?
    > >
    > > Again the scenario is:
    > > 1) System is booted to Vista and running my automated tests
    > > 2) Automated Tests are complete and a new image is needed
    > > 3) My automation tells Vista to reboot to PXE
    > > 4) My imaging automation reimages the system
    > > 5) System reboots to the new install
    > >
    > >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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