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PXE Boot the Dell Diagnostics

Get Diagnostics Package

It seems that this process might be a bit easier to do on Windows (download the .exe file), as you won't have the end-of-line issues with the script file, but I don't have a Windows box handy... Note that an actual bootable image file is not included in the package, but can be created from the package, so you need a machine with the proper OS to run the package on to create the image (what the heck were they thinking?!?). package Dell_32-Bit-Diagnostics_5103-1_R176884.exe

Run the "installer" to create the bootable image. Put the image where it can be served by the TFTP server.


To boot the image, we will use the memdisk kernel that is included in the syslinux pxeboot package. It is at /usr/lib/syslinux/memdisk Copy it to the root of the tftpboot area.

Adding to ROCKS

I didn't get the hostname wildcard "%" described in the documentation to work...

bash-3.00# rocks add host pxeaction c-102-4 action='delldiag32' command='kernel memdisk' args='append initrd=dell/diag32' 
bash-3.00# rocks set host pxeboot c-102-4 action='delldiag32'

Monitor remotely

To do

-- TomRockwell - 24 Apr 2008
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