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Following this guide. I've got my clients booting to the pxe menu to choose which distro to launch or otherwise boot. However I can't get past that. I had it working on a lxc container but decided I wanted it on the host specifically. The working directory is /var/lib/tftpboot/pxeinstall.

I'm thinking my problems are one of 2 things...

Wrong paths for kernel and initrd. I'm not sure where the relative path starts from.
Other thing, in my lxc container I had room to put my images inside of /var/lib/tftpboot. On the host / only has a 15gb partition. I put a /spinner/netboot/Ubuntu folder on my storage drive and symlinked it into place in /var/lib/tftpboot/pxeinstall. Maybe it can't follow the symlink properly?

I'm at a loss at this point and it's driving me crazy. I've tried countless variations on the pxelinux.cfg/default file and am running out of ideas. Suggestions or guidance would be appreciated.

pxelinux.cfg/default
Code:
DEFAULT vesamenu.c32
TIMEOUT 100
PROMPT 0
MENU INCLUDE pxelinux.cfg/pxe.conf
NOESCAPE 1
LABEL Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop Live
MENU LABEL Try or Install Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop
kernel Ubuntu/14.04/amd64/desktop/vmlinuz.efi
append boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=192.168.1.2:/spinner/netboot/Ubuntu/14.04/amd64/desktop initrd=Ubuntu/14.04/amd64/desktop/initrd.lz quiet splash
ENDTEXT

pxelinux.cfg/pxe.conf
Code:
MENU TITLE PXE Server
NOESCAPE 1
ALLOWOPTIONS 1
PROMPT 0
MENU WIDTH 80
MENU ROWS 14
MENU TABMSGROW 24
MENU MARGIN 10
MENU COLOR border 30;44 #ffffffff #00000000 std
 
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It's been a while and I don't have a working one anymore. But I thought it uses the tftp directory for its root directory. I thought that is the same directory where you put your custom menus, like having a specific menu based off of MAC address. I also don't think it can follow symlinks.

Never messed with UEFI booting though. Can you get it to load the pxe server menu but it just fails to boot what you select?
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yes, it loads the menu but i cant load a selection. the efi extension is just what the file is on the ubuntu iso. it boots non efi in all my tests so far, at least when i had it working from a lxc container.
 
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Is the tftp server running, I believe it is though. Also nothing in the firewall? You could also throw gparted live on there to see if it boots, they give files for pxe. I remember it being pretty easy to get working then it helps you figure out if the issue is a config file. Then once you get that working try Ubuntu again. I don't remember how Ubuntu works but I thought booting the installer was different and you are booting a "live" image? when I did this before most of the info online was old or helpless. I usually looked at the image and then created the config and moved the files to match it. Most were somewhat of a struggle to get working.
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post #5 of 5
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Marking as solved. Ultimately I'm 99% sure it was the symlinks after you said that. When I made my /var bigger and put everything in it it just worked straight away.
 
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