Setting up the all servers needed for PXE

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We are going to use dnsmasq package to supply DHCP and TFTP functionality to your PXE server.

  • Install and configure dnsmasq
sudo pacman --quiet --noconfirm -S dnsmasq
sudo cp -rp /etc/dnsmasq.conf /etc/dnsmasq.conf_$(date "+%Y%m%d")
sudo sh -c "cat > /etc/dnsmasq.conf <<EOF
port=0
interface=eth0
bind-interfaces
dhcp-range=192.168.10.50,192.168.10.60,12h
dhcp-boot=/arch/boot/syslinux/lpxelinux.0
dhcp-option-force=209,boot/syslinux/archiso.cfg
dhcp-option-force=210,/arch/
dhcp-option-force=66,192.168.10.102
enable-tftp
tftp-root=/srv/pxe
EOF"
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (3) libnetfilter_conntrack-1.0.6-1  libnfnetlink-1.0.1-2  dnsmasq-2.76-4

Total Installed Size:  0.91 MiB

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:: Processing package changes...
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:: Running post-transaction hooks...
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Now start and enable(if preferrable) dnsmasq service

sudo systemctl start dnsmasq
sudo systemctl enable dnsmasq
sudo systemctl status dnsmasq

● dnsmasq.service - fA lightweight DHCP and caching DNS server
  Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/dnsmasq.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Active: active (running) since Wed 2017-04-26 21:17:20 EEST; 12s ago
    Docs: man:dnsmasq(8)
Main PID: 1253 (dnsmasq)
  CGroup: /system.slice/dnsmasq.service
          └─1253 /usr/bin/dnsmasq -k --enable-dbus --user=dnsmasq --pid-file

Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc systemd[1]: Starting A lightweight DHCP and caching DNS server...
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq[1250]: dnsmasq: syntax check OK.
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc systemd[1]: Started A lightweight DHCP and caching DNS server.
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq[1253]: started, version 2.76 DNS disabled
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq[1253]: compile time options: IPv6 GNU-getopt DBus i18n ID…otify
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq[1253]: DBus support enabled: connected to system bus
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq-dhcp[1253]: DHCP, IP range 192.168.10.50 -- 192.168.10.60…e 12h
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq-dhcp[1253]: DHCP, sockets bound exclusively to interface eth0
Apr 26 21:17:20 durden.evolve.inc dnsmasq-tftp[1253]: TFTP root is /srv/pxe
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  • Set up a simple http - darkhttpd

Install the package and start the service

sudo pacman --quiet --noconfirm -S darkhttpd
sudo nohup darkhttpd /srv/pxe &
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

packages (1) darkhttpd-1.12-3

total download size:   0.02 mib
total installed size:  0.08 mib

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:: running post-transaction hooks...
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check if webserver is working, it is important that server is running on port 80, so make sure you start it as root

curl -s http://localhost:80/ | egrep href

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