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heavyhaze Absent Member.
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PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

Help! I have to order some Dell Ultrabooks and I see they don't have built in NICs. They appear to offer a USB NIC that they say supports PXE but most things I have seen are talking about sccm and windows solutions. Will this thing image on our ZCM 11.2.1 infrastructure?

Thankz,

HeavyHaze
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HenrLee Absent Member.
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Re: PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

I had one of these to build at the tail end of last year and never managed to get it to image via PXE. In the end I ran out of time and had to build it manually and I haven't had another one in since to continue working with.
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heavyhaze Absent Member.
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Re: PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

HenrLee;2255383 wrote:
I had one of these to build at the tail end of last year and never managed to get it to image via PXE. In the end I ran out of time and had to build it manually and I haven't had another one in since to continue working with.


Well I hope it is possible because it is an executive we really want to keep happy so I am crossing my fingers we don't have to build these machines manually.

Thanks for the reply,

HeavyHaze

Anyone else?
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Re: PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

Even if you do not get the USB NIC working, you can still image from a
USB Drive.

http://www.novell.com/communities/node/13605/zenworks-111-imaging-usb-drive-additional-partition-large-image-files

On 3/29/2013 10:46 AM, heavyhaze wrote:
>
> HenrLee;2255383 Wrote:
>> I had one of these to build at the tail end of last year and never
>> managed to get it to image via PXE. In the end I ran out of time and had
>> to build it manually and I haven't had another one in since to continue
>> working with.

>
> Well I hope it is possible because it is an executive we really want to
> keep happy so I am crossing my fingers we don't have to build these
> machines manually.
>
> Thanks for the reply,
>
> HeavyHaze
>
> Anyone else?
>
>



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kenrw Absent Member.
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Re: PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

Yes and no. In order to get imaging (from server) working, you'll have to manually compile the linux driver for the "StarTech USB21000S2" usb adapter. If you have another USB to ethernet adapter that already has the drivers integrated into the kernel (like the "StarTech USB21000S"), you can plug both adapters in, PXE off the USB21000S2, then download the files from the USB21000S. Or you can both off a thumb drive with an append line like this to use the image off USB21000S:

APPEND 5 initrd=/boot/initrd mode=5 USBBOOT=YES rootimage=/root ramdisk_size=67584 install=tftp://server.name.here/boot/ splash=verbose vga=0x303 tftptimeout=50

Anyone have updated docs on compiling drivers manually?
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heavyhaze Absent Member.
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Re: PXE Boot Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook usb nic? Does it work?

Yikes. I will let you all know what I find I guess.

zenworks911
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