pxe LiveCD setup

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Sun Jul 4 15:47:37 UTC 2010

On Sun, 4 Jul 2010, Lowell Gilbert wrote:

> The stock tftpd on FreeBSD doesn't support variant block sizes (or much
> of anything else past RFC 1350).  You'll see better performance if you
> go with something newer.

Spent some time experimenting.  tftp-hpa is faster, but setting the 
maximum block size was required to prevent errors.  Unexpectedly, 1024 
was fastest in my setup.

The problems can be on the other end, too: System Rescue's tftp client 
is not great--three minutes for 211M.  Clonezilla is much better, at 15 
seconds for 101M.

Linux systems with netboot can boot off http (using wget) and it's much 
better.  Twice as fast for the Clonezilla load, but System Rescue went 
from three minutes to only 18 seconds.

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