PI3 (3!) netboot configuration

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Gnom

PI3 (3!) netboot configuration

Post by Gnom » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:56 pm

Does anyone have experience with configuring PI3 for netboot?
Afaik it must be configured once with an adapted boot SD card an them boots from network without SD card.

Does anyone have an image of a prepared boot SD? Wouldn't it be nice to have it provided the same way as the WT-ware boot image by the WT-ware configurator?

Any tipps to get it working easily?

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Re: PI3 (3!) netboot configuration

Post by aka » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:27 pm

Pi does not start without SD card. No way to start without SD, absolutely.

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Re: PI3 (3!) netboot configuration

Post by J1mbo » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:39 pm

You write the card out with Configurator then set your DHCP scope options accordingly to network boot.

Think of the SD Card part as a PXE Boot ROM extension.

There is a gotcha though; the RPi Foundation don't worry about kernel compatibility so as things move forward with WTware, it is unfortunately required to re-visit even network boot RPi's to change their SD cards to a newer verion of that part of the code too. Hopefully @aka will be able to do something clever to have the RPi self-update this part on first boot when we upgrade the version in the Configurator at some point.

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