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Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 09 Nov 2017 22:24 #2796

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In your Windows PXE imaging article, it states "PLEASE NOTE: If you are wanting to create/deploy an image from/to a native UEFI machine you will need to create a new master from a native UEFI machine using IVS v5". How do I do that?

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 09 Nov 2017 22:40 #2797

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Exactly the same way as what you'd do for a legacy BIOS device, by PXE booting it. If the Master Image fileset it assigned to it you'll be prompted for a name for the image to be captured. If an image fileset has been assigned then that disk image will be deployed to the client device.

The reason you must capture a separate disk image for UEFI devices is that they they use a completely different partition scheme than legacy devices. UEFI devices have a GPT partition map while legacy BIOS devices have a MBR partition map. A disk image captured from a legacy BIOS device cannot be restored to a UEFI device and vice versa. It's legacy BIOS/MBR => legacy BIOS/MBR and UEFI/GPT => UEFI/GPT. The two cannot mix.

Many UEFI devices support a legacy BIOS mode so if that option is available in the firmware it might make sense to use it so you only have to maintain a single disk image that works on all devices. If you have UEFI devices that do not support legacy BIOS mode then you'll have to maintain 2 disk images, 1 UEFI and 1 legacy BIOS image for each firmware platform. For existing devices with the FileWave client on them, you'll also need to keep track of which devices are running which firmware mode so you can assign the correct disk image to them. The following fileset includes a custom field for the firmware type - www.filewave.com/alliance-community/desk...s-custom-fields#2683

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Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 10 Nov 2017 15:06 #2798

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When my UEFI client boots, it just goes to the grub menu. I have the master image assigned to it and enabled.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 15 Nov 2017 02:06 #2801

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I've actually never seen that before. Does this happen on every client device?

If you wait 5-10 minutes does it continue to sit at the grub menu or does it move on to something else, e.g. boot the local HD?

What make and model is this computer?
Does it have a built-in NIC or is it using a USB ethernet dongle?
What is the model of the built-in NIC or USB dongle?

If you wouldn't mind posting a camera picture that would be very helpful.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 05 Mar 2018 19:20 #2861

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Cody Nelson wrote: When my UEFI client boots, it just goes to the grub menu. I have the master image assigned to it and enabled.


I am having this exact issue when attempting to upload a UEFI Image. The Image is created via Hyper-V and is a Gen 2 Machine. This is a Windows 10 64-Bit 1709 Machine which is set into Sysprep Mode. I have snapshots created so I am open to testing to arrive at a solution. I have left the machine sitting at the Grub prompt for a few hours and nothing is happening. I am attaching a screenshot of what is prompted after PXE Boot completes. I have run some of the basic Linux commands and did verify the network address and MAC address which reflects the same inside of FileWave Admin.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 05 Mar 2018 19:31 #2862

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Hi Paul,

Unfortunately the PXE part of the virtual IP stack in Hyper-V and VirtualBox are not compatible with the PXE server in the IVS. I have tested and confirmed that the following other virtualization solutions have IP stacks whose PXE components are compatible with the IVS - VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and Parallels. You do need to do a bit of configuration file editing on Fusion as there's no checkbox to enable UEFI for a Windows VM. This means editing the .vmx file for your Windows VM to add the firmware directive to indicate UEFI.

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Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 05 Mar 2018 20:50 #2863

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Is the current VMware Workstation 14 compatible with UEFI PXE image upload?

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 05 Mar 2018 21:48 #2864

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I don't currently have a VMware Workstation installation but when I tried last year it was on an evaluation version of 12.5.3 or higher so my guess would be that it still works. I'd suggest you download an evaluation version of VMWare Workstation and give it a shot. Good luck.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 11 May 2018 16:08 #2897

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I have VMware Workstation Pro 14.1.1 installed. I have tried multiple times to get PXE to work. When i boot the VM mash on f12 i get a menu. Select network boot. I then get the attached black screen. After sitting there it goes back to the menu.. Physical machines image. i checked the file that you mentioned and it already has efi set in that key.
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Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 11 May 2018 16:26 #2900

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Hi CJ,

You might want to check the following if you haven't already done so.

1. Is there a computer entry for that device (can be a placeholder) with the correct ethernet MAC address in FW?
2. Is the master image assigned to it and is the Enabled column set to "true"?
3. Have you updated the model?
4. Is the VM connected to the same subnet as the physical machine (that does PXE boot correctly)?

That screenshot is part of the boot process. It can sometimes take 2-3 minutes before anything happens. Beyond that then there's an issue somewhere. It typically flashes by so fast for 1 second that you can't see it. When I've run into issues like this I typically record the VM window. With a physical machine I just record the screen with my phone. I would play back the video frame by frame right before the time it reboots to BIOS menu and see if there's a frame where you can see some messages on the screen that provide further detail.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 11 May 2018 17:55 #2901

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Everything for 1-4 is set correctly ( i did just go through them to verify).

Ive watched the boot process a few times. It sits at what i screenshotted for a minute or two, then immediately goes to the boot menu. I have not noticed it flashing anything else past the screen.

Create New Master from Native UEFI Machine 11 May 2018 18:07 #2902

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Might be a good time to contact FileWave Support if this is urgent for you. Otherwise I'll have to download an eval of VMWare Workstation soon to test this out. Will update this thread once that happens.
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