pxe boot for ipv6 only machine not working on vmware

Benedikt Stockebrand bs at stepladder-it.com
Fri Jul 1 13:41:51 CEST 2016

Hi Shilpa,

"S, Shilpashree 1. (Nokia - IN/Bangalore)" <shilpashree.1.s at nokia.com>

> We have a case to install machine with ipv6 only using pxe boot.

bad news for you: PXE as per the Intel specs is IPv4 only.  Intel wants
people to move from BIOS (and as such, PXE as a BIOS extension) to UEFI
and has shown absolutely no intention to add IPv4 support to PXE.

Your options are

  - to use UEFI with a suitable module to boot via IPv6, which pretty
    much defeats your use case for PXE to install the machine,

  - to use IPv4 to set up the machine, possibly in an installation-only
    VLAN, or,

  - to forget about network based install and use IPMI or similar to
    install from an ISO image used through a "virtual DVD drive".

None of these options are particularly enticing, and yes, I've been
rather frustrated by that myself, and more than once.



Benedikt Stockebrand,                   Stepladder IT Training+Consulting
Dipl.-Inform.                           http://www.stepladder-it.com/

          Business Grade IPv6 --- Consulting, Training, Projects

BIVBlog---Benedikt's IT Video Blog: http://www.stepladder-it.com/bivblog/

More information about the ipv6-ops mailing list