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Ignite-UX Quick Start Guide: Create an Ignite-UX Server and Cold-Install Clients > Chapter 2 Cold-installing a Client Across the Network

Boot the Client System from the Ignite-UX Server


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This process is machine-dependent; follow the procedure for Intel Itanium-based or PA-RISC-based, depending on your system type.

Procedure for Itanium-based machines
  1. Reboot the client system with the reboot command or cycle the power on the client system. Interrupt the reboot process by pressing the down arrow when prompted.

  1. Select Boot Option Maintenance Menu.

  1. Select Add a Boot Option

  1. Select the network interface with the MAC address you entered in the /etc/bootptab file.

  1. Enter a description of this boot option, n for the No BootOption data type, and y to the Save changes to NVRAM prompt.

  1. Exit the Add a Boot Option menu.

  1. Exit the Main Menu.

  1. Select your new boot option from the Please select a boot option menu.

  1. When prompted, enter the version of HP-UX you would like to install. Choose the operating system that matches the OE you used when you set up the Ignite-UX server –“Create the HP-UX OE Configuration Information on the Ignite-UX Server”. Note that this is a timed response and will default to the first selection.

Common Errors


PXE-E12: Could not detect network connection. Check cable.

Diagnosis: The boot option you created does not have the correct MAC address and so cannot connect to the internet.

Correction: Determine the appropriate MAC address using the procedure described in the section “Add a Network Entry for the Client to the IP Address File on the Server.” and then create a boot option with that MAC address.


PXE-E16: Valid PXE offer not received.

Load of boot option failed: Not Found.

Diagnosis: Diagnosing this error can be difficult. The simplest problem causing this error is that the entry for this client in the server's /etc/bootptab file is not correct. A more complicated problem is that there are other DHCP servers on your network causing interference with your Ignite-UX server.

Correction: Check the client's entry in the /etc/bootptab file on the server to make sure it is correct. Otherwise, contact the systems administrator responsible for the Ignite-UX server.


It's possible your system's EFI Boot Manager interface looks different from the screens above. The Legacy interface style is shown in the procedure above. On most systems you can change the interface style with the Boot Menu selection System Configuration. From there, select Change Boot Manager User Interface or Set User Interface depending on the current interface style. If you are currently using the Legacy style interface, you will have to select Exit to return to the Boot Manager menu.

Menu functionality is identical regardless of the interface style you choose.

The Enhanced interface is shown below.

Procedure for PA-RISC-based machines
  1. Reboot the client system with the reboot command or by cycling the power, and then interrupt the reboot process when prompted.

    # reboot

  2. Interrupt the boot process by pressing any key at the prompt

    Processor is starting autoboot process. To discontinue, press any key within 10 seconds.

  3. From the firmware prompt, boot using the server's IP address:

    Main Menu: Enter command or menu >boot lan.server_IP_address install

  4. Answer n at the prompt Interact with IPL (Y, N, or Cancel)?>

  5. Select the operating system to install from the displayed menu. Choose the operating system that matches the OE you used when you set up the Ignite-UX server –“Create the HP-UX OE Configuration Information on the Ignite-UX Server”. Be aware that the selection of the operating system times out — the client can not be kept waiting at this prompt.

Common Errors
Booting... Failed to initialize. ENTRY_INIT Status = -7

Diagnosis: Used the wrong IP address.

Correction: Reissue boot command, making sure you use the server IP address.

Console Login:

Diagnosis: The opportunity to interrupt the boot process was missed.

Correction: Login as root and reboot again. Look closely for the prompt to stop the boot process.


The backspace key repositions the cursor but does not erase characters at the PA-RISC prompt “Main Menu: Enter command or menu>”. You have to type over unwanted characters. Pressing return ignores all characters to the right of the cursor.

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