TheSaffaGeek

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Auto Deploy TFTP file won’t download

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I’m currently doing a POC of vSphere 5’s Auto Deploy in an attempt to streamline/perfect my knowledge of all the PowerCLI commands and steps in preparation for a client delivery. I’ve built a whole test environment on my laptop in VMware Workstation following pretty much all the steps detailed in these three postings:

After setting everything up and adding my image profile to the deploy rule, I kept getting an error whenever my ESXi hosts tried to get the “undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired” file from my TFTP server as shown in the screenshot below

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After trying everything from rebuilding Auto Deploy to re-creating the whole AD and the TFTP server I decided to try change my networking from Host Only to another setting in the hope this would do something and for reasons i’m actually unsure of at the moment it worked Open-mouthed smile .

Changing the setting from Host Only to a Custom VMnet2 on all my VM’s hosting my vCenter Server come Auto Deploy Server come TFTP server and all my ESXi hosts allowed the communication to let the ESXi servers get the “undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired” file and thereby allow all my stateless hosts to now boot perfectly. Now to finish off all my Auto Deploy Testing Smile

Gregg

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3 thoughts on “Auto Deploy TFTP file won’t download

  1. This is exactly my issue, but I do not understand what you did to correct “Changing the setting from Host Only to a Custom VMnet2 on all my VM’s hosting my vCenter Server come Auto Deploy Server come TFTP server and all my ESXi hosts allowed the communication to let the ESXi servers get the “undionly.kpxe.vmw-hardwired” file and thereby allow all my stateless hosts to now boot perfectly. ” Can you please clarify!

    • All my virtual machine sin workstation were using the Host Only settings for the virtual nics, i changed these to the Custom VMnet2 settings and this allowed the virtual machines which were ESXi to see the boot file from the auto deploy tftp server and boot correctly

      • Hi Greg, I figured out my issue. I had a rogue DHCP server reaching the client before the DHCP server I configured for Autodeploy. Thanks for your response

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