Since Ivanti changed the PXE Rep service, we have received a lot of questions about where it went and how to use it.
Here’s a simple quick start guide to get you going.
In 2016.3 Ivanti introduced Self-Electing PXE Services which is a really cool and improved way PXE representatives are deployed. The new process will automatically elect and manage PXE reps for each subnet. No longer will you need to manually deploy and remove PXE reps via software distribution packages.
You will notice that ALL Windows agents have a C:\Program Files (x86)\LANDESK\PXE folder, also you will notice that if an agent has ever been elected as the PXE Rep it will have the LANDESK PXE Service, and LANDESK PXE MTFTP service installed. However, if the client is not the acting PXE Rep they will not be running. Once a device becomes a PXE Rep it will automatically download the boot.wim (and boot_x64.wim files.
Let’s get started.
In the Agent Settings Client Connectivity, Self-electing subnet services, than put a check mark in the Enable PXE service.
As the agents are deployed you’ll see the subnet information populate in the PXE services.
You can bring up the right click menu to enable any subnet you’d like.
On the tool bar select Service Settings than configure the PXE rep that way is works best for your environment.
Another cool automatic feature is if the elected PXE rep is turned off, damaged or stops responding, a new PXE representative will automatically be elected, usually within 1-2 minutes.
Happy PXE booting. And for more information on Ivanti or upgrade questions, contact the NAI Team.
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