Is there a way to manage PXE Boot Menu Options?

Article:HOWTO4330  |  Created: 2006-07-19  |  Updated: 2011-05-10  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO4330
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Is there a way to manage PXE Boot Menu Options?

Answer
 

You can change the following behavior of the PXE boot menu:

  • Change the default boot option.
  • Change the prompt that brings up the boot menu.
  • Change the boot menu timeout.
  • Add, change, or delete menu items.

Changing boot menu items

Run the PXE Configuration tool on the PXE server.

Changing the default boot option

The first item in the boot option menu is the default. To change the default option, simply move the option that you want as the default to the top of the menu:

  1. Click PXE Configuration icon on the toolbar of the Deployment Server Web Console to launch the PXE Configuration Utility.
  2. From the Boot Configuration page, select the DS tab.
  3. Go to the Default Boot option drop-down and select the peffered default boot option.

Changing the boot menu prompt

To change the text message that appears on client computers while they are booting,

  1. Click PXE Configuration icon on the toolbar of the Deployment Server Console to launch the PXE Configuration Utility.
  2. Modify the Prompt text in the Boot Menu page and click Save.

Changing the boot menu timeout

Change the length of time the boot prompt is displayed before the boot process starts,

  1. Click PXE Configuration icon on the toolbar of the Deployment Server Web Console to launch the PXE Configuration Utility.
  2. Change the Timeout value to the length of time (in seconds) that you want the prompt to be displayed.
  3. Click Save.
    Note: If the F8 key is not pressed within the timeout period, the default boot option will run.

Adding, changing, or deleting menu items

  1. Click PXE Configuration icon on the toolbar of the Deployment Server Console to launch the PXE Configuration Utility.
  2. Complete one of the following:
    • To add a new item to the menu, click New. On the Menu Item Properties page, enter the text for the new menu item.
    • To change an existing option, select it and click the Edit button. On the Menu Item Properties page, change the menu item text if desired.
    • To delete an item from the menu, select the menu item and click Delete button.
  3. Click OK.

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