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I'm trying to capture a drive image of a windows xp pro machine. I've gone through the steps and resealed the machine.

When i try and network boot the PXE instantly gives the message "PXE-MOF" and ends.

I have managed to get network boot to work on this machine whenever XP is not resealed.

I have tried Multiple times to get PXE to work after resealing windows, but with no luck. As soon as i unseal it, PXE works every time.

I know PXE is supposed to work independent of what's on the hard drive. Is there any way that resealing windows could cause PXE to stop working.

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PXE should work even if you unplug the hard drive. I have no idea what's going on here. – Shinrai Nov 12 '12 at 18:02
I know that was what i thought too. I thought it might be a DHCP issue, PXE seems not to get that far – zeocrash Nov 13 '12 at 8:57
What exactly do you mean by "resealed"? – Ramhound Nov 13 '12 at 11:39
using windows sysprep… – zeocrash Nov 13 '12 at 11:49
also what's the negative vote for, this is a perfectly legitimate question. – zeocrash Nov 13 '12 at 11:52

this is very easy to trace with Wireshark follow the DHCP transaction, you have to see the client gets an IP and 2 parameters:

  1. TFTP server IP
  2. Name of the boot file (NBP).

sure it is a problem involving those DHCP parameters not provided correctly

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The PXE doesn't seem to get as far as looking for a DHCP server, it exits before that. – zeocrash Nov 13 '12 at 11:54
the first thing a healthy PXE booting station does is performing a DHCP request... – Pat Nov 13 '12 at 12:29

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