Recent days we get the announcement about releasing Raspberry Pi 3. Those of
you who play with embedded systems or just try to make things probably still
got good old Raspberry Pi (1). Because during time old platforms loose value as
potential candidate for new projects I decided to sacrifice my old RPi and make
test server from it.
One of my customer required testing his software against PXE server with
various configurations. I realized that using my home network with my TP-Link
router I have no way to create such configuration on server machine I usually
use. I would need to connect directly to server and with one Ethernet port this
was not the solution for me. My other platforms like A20 boards, Odroid or RPi2
are occupied by some projects. I recall that I have old RPi that can be used
for that purpose.
Configuration described below is very limited because it test just PXE booting,
there is no outside world connection. This connection can be added by adding
wifi dongle to Raspberry Pi and modifying iptables and routing.
download recent Raspberry Pi
image and flash it to SD
card. I used Raspbian Jessie Lite.
if you don’t have free keyboard and HDMI monitor use UART to connect serial
console - you can use this post,
if you don’t konw how to connect it
flash recent iPXE to your hardware or use what is already provided by vendor
Raspbian Jessie Lite - initial setup
Install server TFTP:
sudo apt-get install tftpd-hpa
Change configuration according to your needs. My looks like that:
net0: 00:0d:b9:3f:9e:58 using i210-2 on PCI01:00.0 (open)
[Link:up, TX:20 TXE:0 RX:8 RXE:2]
[RXE: 2 x "The socket is not connected (http://ipxe.org/380f6001)"]
Configuring (net0 00:0d:b9:3f:9e:58)............... ok
net0: 192.168.0.194/255.255.255.0 gw 192.168.10.2
net1: fe80::20d:b9ff:fe3f:9e59/64 (inaccessible)
net2: fe80::20d:b9ff:fe3f:9e5a/64 (inaccessible)
Next server: 192.168.0.1
pxelinux.0 : 42988 bytes [PXE-NBP]
PXELINUX 6.03 PXE 20150819 Copyright (C) 1994-2014 H. Peter Anvin et al+---------------------------------------+
| ^GDebian GNU/Linux installer boot menu |
| Install |
| Advanced options > |
| Help |
| Install with speech synthesis |
+---------------------------------------+Press ENTER to boot or TAB to edit a menu entry
It took me some time to put this information together an correctly run this
server, so for future reference and for those confused with udhcpd and other
tools configuration this post should be useful. Thanks for reading and as
always please share if you think this post is valuable. If anything is not
clear or I messed something please let me know in comments.
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