Deploying PXE representatives

PXE support software is installed on your core server as part of the normal installation. However, to enable PXE support, you must first deploy a PXE representative on each subnet of your network where you want PXE support available. PXE representatives provide scalability on your network by deploying OS images to devices in their respective subnets.

Devices on each subnet use normal PXE query and file transfer methods to communicate with their resident PXE representative, which communicates with the core server using Web services (HTTP).

NOTE: Disable other PXE servers

If there is any other PXE server currently running on your network, you must first disable it in order to use LANDesk PXE support.

Deploying PXE representatives

You need to deploy one PXE representative on each subnet where you want to provide PXE boot support. You set up a PXE representative by running the PXE Representative Deployment script on the selected device. This predefined script is available in the Manage scripts tool (click Tools > Distribution > Manage scripts, then click the Public scripts folder).

You can have multiple PXE representatives on a subnet to help with load-balancing. When this is the case, the first PXE representative to respond to a device's request is the one that will be used to communicate with the core server.

NOTE: We recommend that you do not deploy a PXE representative on your core server.

There are no special hardware requirements for the device you select to be a PXE representative, but it must meet the following software requirements:

To deploy a PXE representative
  1. In the console, click Tools > Distribution > OS Deployment.
  2. In the Operating system deployment window, click the All other scripts tree item. Click the PXE representative deployment script, and then click the Schedule toolbar button.
  3. In the console's network view, select the target device on which you want to install PXE services.
  4. Drag and drop the selected device to the PXE Representative deployment task in the Scheduled tasks window.
  5. Right-click PXE representative deployment, click Properties, and finish configuring the task.