For the Provisioning Server to start a target device, a boot file is downloaded by the Provisioning Services’s MBA or PXE-compliant boot ROM, when the device is turned on. This file must be configured so that it contains the information needed to communicate with the Provisioning Servers. The Configure Bootstrap dialog is used to define the IP addresses for up to four Provisioning Servers in the boot file.
The Configure Bootstrap dialog field descriptions are as follows:
General Tab: Configure Bootstrap
||The currently selected boot file displays. If you want to select a different boot file to configure, click the Add button or Read Servers from Database button.
||The IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and Port for up to four Provisioning Servers, which will perform login processing.
||Click the Add button to add a new Provisioning Server to the file. Up to four Provisioning Servers may be specified for Provisioning Servers.
||Highlight an existing Provisioning Server from the list, then click the Edit button to edit this server’s IP settings.
||Select an existing Provisioning Server from the list, then click the Remove button to remove this server from the list of available Provisioning Servers.
|Move Up and Move Down
||Select an existing Provisioning Server, and click to move up or down in the list of Provisioning Servers. The order in which the Provisioning Servers appear in the list determines the order in which the Provisioning Servers are accessed should a server fail.
|Read Servers from Database
||To populate the boot file with the Stream Service IP settings already configured in the database, click the Read Servers from Database button. This clears the list then populates the list with the first four servers found in the database.
Target Device IP: Configure Bootstrap
|Use DHCP to retrieve target device IP
||Select this option to retrieve target device IP; default method.
|Use static target device IP
||Selecting this method requires that a primary and secondary DNS and Domain be identified.
Server Lookup: Configure Bootstrap
Select this option to use DNS to find the server. The host name displays in the Host name textbox. If this option is selected and the Use DHCP to retrieve Device IP option is selected (under Device IP Configuration settings), your DHCP server needs to provide option 6 (DNS Server).
Note: If using HA, specify up to four Provisioning Servers for the same Host name on your DNS server.
|Use Static IP
Use the static IP address of the Provisioning Server from which to boot from. If you select this option, click Add to enter the following Provisioning Server information, then click OK to exit the dialog:
Port (default is 6910)
Note: If using HA, enter up to four Provisioning Servers. If you are not using HA, only enter one. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to sort the Provisioning Servers boot order. The first Provisioning Server listed will be the server that the target device attempts to boot from.
Options Tab: Configure Bootstrap
||Select the Verbose Mode option if you want to monitor the boot process on the target device (optional) or view system messages.
|Interrupt Safe Mode
||Select Interrupt Safe Mode if you are having trouble with your target device failing early in the boot process.
|Advanced Memory Support
||This setting enables the bootstrap to work with newer Windows OS versions and is enabled by default. Only disable this setting if your target device is hanging or behaving erratically in early boot phase.
|Network Recovery Method
Restore Network Connections — Selecting this option results in the target device attempting indefinitely to restore it's connection to the Provisioning Server.
Reboot to Hard Drive — (a hard drive must exist on the target device) Selecting this option instructs the target device to perform a hardware reset to force a reboot after failing to re-establish communications. The user determines the number of seconds to wait before rebooting. Assuming the network connection cannot be established, PXE will fail and the system will reboot to the local hard drive. The default number of seconds is 50, to be compatible with HA configurations.
|Login Polling Timeout
Enter the time, in milliseconds, between retries when polling for Provisioning Servers. Each Provisioning Server is sent a login request packet in sequence. The first Provisioning Server that responds is used. In non-HA systems, this time-out simply defines how often to retry the single available Provisioning Server with the initial login request.
This time-out defines how quickly the round-robin routine will switch from one Provisioning Server to the next in trying to find an active Provisioning Server. The valid range is from 1,000 to 60,000 milliseconds.
|Login General Timeout
Enter the time-out, in milliseconds, for all login associated packets, except the initial login polling time-out. This time-out is generally longer than the polling time-out, because the Provisioning Server needs time to contact all associated servers, some of which may be down and will require retries and time-outs from the Provisioning Server to the other Provisioning Servers to determine if they are indeed online or not. The valid range is from 1,000 to 60,000 milliseconds.