The Missing PXE Advertisement

Today I had “The Case of the Missing PXE Advertisement” with a PC.

Bit of background – I’ve an OSDeploy device collection which has a zero touch MDT Task Sequence deployed to it, advertised to PXE and Media only, and set to always rerun program. So anything in this collection will automatically get the deployment. Infinite loops are prevented by the “PXE Deployments” flag that is automatically set on computer objects once they have started a PXE deployment. To re-image a PC I just drop it back in the collection and clear the flag.
I’ve also got one which prompts for the computer name, advertised as optional to all Unknown Computers. New kit I boot to this and put the name in and off it goes.

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Windows 10, UEFI and PXE booting

I recently set up System Centre Configuration Manager to take over from MDT for imaging PCs. The end result I’m after is that all PCs attempt PXE boot when powered up, and then automatically image if there’s a task deployment waiting for them. (Bonus points is getting wake-on-lan to work with Win 10 so they’ll power themselves up too).

Thought this would be easy – surely just set network as the first boot device – only to discover that part of Windows setup adds “Windows Boot Manager” and sets it as the first device in the boot list, no way to stop it. Continue reading “Windows 10, UEFI and PXE booting”