Creating an OSD PXE Menu

A PXE boot menu is a menu displayed on the target screen in which you can select which of a number of projects should be executed on the local device. The list of projects to select from are the projects currently on line and therefore immediately available. You can access the menu's parameters and definitions in its tabs.

Note

The OSD PXE Menu does not work with IPV6. You must use IPV4 to be able use this feature.

The PXE menu General tab

The node of a PXE menu provides access to the menu's parameters and its values.

The General tab of this node displays the following information about the currently selected PXE menu:

Parameter

Default Value

Description

Menu Name

New PXE Menu

The title of the project that is displayed in the PXE menu.

Scope

1.1.1.*

Enter the IP address range of the targets which are to use this menu in the format of 94.24.127.* .

Timeout (sec)

30

Enter the amount of time the menu is displayed on the target screens in seconds before automatically starting with the default selection.

Status

No

This value shows if the menu is activated, that is, if it is online and can be used for deployment.

The Items tab

The PXE boot menu items are all those projects, active and inactive that are assigned to the boot menu.

A PXE Boot Menu provides the user with the choice of projects from which he can select the one to use for the local installation. Projects that are currently offline are not displayed in this view. When an offline project comes online, it is dynamically enabled in the menu and appear in this view.

The following information is provided for the assigned projects:

Parameter

Description

Name

The name of the project as it is defined under the Projects node.

Project Name

The title of the project that is displayed in the PXE menu.

Description

The project description that is displayed when the project title is selected in the PXE menu. This field is optional.

Status

This value shows if the menu is activated, that is, if it is online and can be used for deployment.

Default

Indicates which of the assigned projects is the default selection of the menu. The default project is marked via the green check sign.

To create a PXE Boot Menu

To create a new PXE boot menu proceed as follows:

  1. Go to OS Deployment > PXE Menus.
  2. Select Edit > Create Menu .
    The Create a New PXE Boot Menu dialog box appears.
  3. Enter an explicative name for the new menu in the Menu Name box.
  4. Enter the subnet mask into the Scope box.
  5. Modify the time value if the menu is to be displayed longer or shorter on the target screen than defined by default in the Display Time (sec) box.
  6. Change the value of the Enabled box to Yes if the new menu is to be activated right away.
  7. Click OK to confirm.

The new PXE boot menu is created right away and added to the list of available menus.

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