I am in the process of getting parts together for my new PC. I currently have Virtualbox hosting a Win 2k8 and Windows 7 and each have 2 processors and 2 gigs of ram but PXE booting takes 2-3 minutes. My host machine has a core 2 quad q6600 and 8 gigs of ram. The same boot image takes 30 seconds to load on a machine at work. So my question is, with a newer computer does faster pxe booting come? Or is there one particular piece of hardware I want to make sure is maxed. I plan on getting the fastest core i5 and 16 gigs of ram, a solid state drive and 2 1tb raid drives for my data.
i have had device drivers that performed at 10Mbps with 1/2 duplex during the PXE boot and once the OS was completely up. 1/2 duplex will makes ACKs especially slow like Pat mentioned above. To make it more complex to troubleshoot, there can be multiple drivers involved.
During a complete PXE boot, there can be 3 separate "drivers".