How can I use vCommander™ to deploy virtual machines which take
advantage of Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) for network booting?
In order to deploy PXE bootable machines, you must first create a VM with network boot enabled. Follow the steps below to do so using the VMware vSphere Client.
- In the VMs and Templates view, right-click the folder under which you wish to create the PXE bootable template, and choose New Virtual Machine.
- Complete the wizard making suitable choices for your environment. On the Ready to Complete page, check Edit the virtual machine settings before completion and click Continue.
- Switch to the Options tab.
- Under the Settings section, highlight Advanced > Boot Options. Check The next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into the BIOS setup screen.
- Click Finish.
- Once the machine has been created, open a console connection to it and power it on.
- Under the Boot menu, move Network boot option to the top.
- Under the Exit menu, choose Exit Saving Changes?.
The next step is to convert this VM to a template for use with vCommander. You are able to use VMs as service catalog entries as well, but we recommend templates as a best practice.
- Still in the VMware vSphere client, locate the VM you created in the previous section.
- Right-click the VM and choose Template > Clone to Template.
- Complete the wizard making suitable choices for your environment.
You now have a template available to deploy as PXE bootable. Simply add this as a service in vCommander as you would any other template.
Important! You must make sure that PXE bootable VMs are deployed to a destination that includes a network where a boot server is running. PXE boot cannot cross subnets.