To define which PXE server setup suits you best it's important to know what you're needs are and what hardware can be used.
Below our PXE servers with all the pros and cons. If you need help to see which one is the best to use in your setup, please conatact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you prefer a setup that can boot on UEFI machines, please make our support team aware of this.
Some setups will allow you to boot multiple ISO's. All are able to boot multiple config files.
If this is needed, make our support team aware of this.
WipeDrive does support an out of the box PXE server, easy to install (No OS needed).
This server will need 2 LAN ports (e.g. Onboard and PCI-e).
The default server is able to boot on UEFI machines.
Pros: Easy to setup, easy to update. The WD PXE server does support full control over the clients, meaning you can log in to any client connected via 1 button.
Cons: Saving the reports to this server can only be done to USB, if SQL, FTP or Samba Share are needed, those must be installed on a different machine or in the cloud. Only 1 type of ISO can be loaded from this setup.
WipeDrive does support to be booted from a Linux iPXE server. You still need 2 Ethernet ports, but this can be LAN-LAN or LAN-WLAN. It is possible to have internet on the Wipe network, without having that affect the normal network.
Linux Ubuntu is the most easy one to work with
Pros: As this is a standalone server with an OS you can also remote in to this machine for support and updating. Multiple ISO's can be booted from here. Internet on the wipe network is easy to setup, so no dongle needed. And the reports can be saved back to this machine.
Cons: Updating and changing the ISO does not work well in Linux, you need to do this in a Windows machine and upload/copy the ISO to the Linux server. It is not possible to use a dongle in this setup.
Note: We do offer the option to install iPXE and FTP with a simple script. No Linux knowledge is needed. This same setup does allow you to install Windows OS on the clients.
Note: It is possible to get a UEFI compatible machine.
WipeDrive does support to be booted from a Windows WDS - iPXE server. You still need 2 Ethernet ports, but this can be LAN-LAN or LAN-WLAN.
Note: This same setup can be used with multiple VM's, like each engineer get's his own VM per project or per Wipe Rig. They make changes in each VM before starting the process. This can speed up the process.
If Imaging is part of your process it is possible to install the software on FOG Projects. This allows you to boot WipeDrive software and after that image a machine.
For all of the above we do have manuals available.
It can be that the PXE server you would like to setup needs to be setup by the Global EMEA support team, like when you cannot do it, for this an engineer on both sides (yours and ours) need to dedicate some time to do this. For this a fee may apply, please refer to this at your sales representative.
In case our support team only needs to help and give support no fee will apply.