--== What Is PXE Knife? ==--
PXE Knife is a set of utilities modeled after Ultimate Boot CD. It is designed to work with the syslinux boot stacks and was specifically designed for use with PXE (although it's configuration is general enough that it could be used with isolinux or extlinux without issue).
The intention of this project is to create a good, general purpose, one stop shop of utilities that sysadmins find they are in need on a regular basis, with specific ephasis on self contained programs that typically require a floppy drive to make use of. It is intended for consumption via PXE Linux but since it makes extensive use of memdisk and it's configuration file is syslinux compatible it could easily be used with isolinux or extlinux.
--== Who's behind PXE Knife? ==--
PXE Knife is loosely based on Ultimate Boot CD, and in fact was inspired by it. It is the brain child of Brian De Smet and John 'Warthog9' Hawley, seeking a means to both give a good, live, working example of the menuing capabilities of pxelinux and seeking a way to eliminate the need for a multitude of floppies and other random utility software.
--== Why aren't there any 'free for personal use' software included in PXE Knife? ==--
While we know there will be a few individuals who have large enough home networks to make running pxe at home realistic, we also realize our primary consumer is going to be corporate entities who are not allowed to use the 'free for personal use' software. To this end we are only willing to include software that doesn't preclude corporations. Sadly this does eliminate a number of pieces of software we would like to include, including anti-virus software. We are constantly on the lookout for new or updated utilities to add to PXE Knife. If you know of a piece of software that we should investigate please let us know.
--== Software we are currently looking for, or would like feedback on how to deal with ==--
--== Downloading PXE Knife ==--
You can download the latest version of PXE Knife from http://pxeknife.erebor.org/releases/. (Currently: v0.0.1 - "We just made the project up")
--== How to Install ==--
allow booting; allow bootp; next-server
; filename "/pxelinux.0";
DEFAULT menu.c32 PROMPT 0 TIMEOUT 100 #this is optional - will start the default after 10 seconds MENU TITLE --== Main Menu ==-- #this allows you to exit the pxe stack and pass booting to the local system LABEL bootlocal MENU DEFAULT MENU LABEL Local Boot localboot 0 #load pxe knife LABEL pxeknife MENU LABEL PXE Knife ---> kernel menu.c32 append pxeknife/pxeknife.conf
Untar pxeknife-<version>.tar.[gz|bz2] in /tftpboot
Find where syslinux was installed to and get the c32 files from it (I.E. /usr/lib/syslinux/) and put them in /tftpboot (I.E. cp /usr/lib/syslinux/*.c32 /tftpboot/;cp /usr/lib/syslinux/memdisk /tftpboot/)
To get the optional KNOPPIX portion of pxeknife you will need to download the knoppix dvd and extract the entire ISO to a directory that is nfs accessible. Then change the information in pxeknife/knoppix/knoppix.conf to suit your location's setup. Further instructions on this are forthcoming, along with an explination of my knoppix initrd and how to create your own.
--== Known Problems ==--
These are all the absolutely known bugs with pxeknife that we can think of. It's quite likely there are more, we just haven't found them yet.
--== Contacting Us ==--
We really hate spam so we are going to force you to jump through hoops to e-mail us. If you have more pressing question you can /msg warthog9 on freenode, and I might get back to you, I make no garuntees.
J. 'Warthog9' H. (Primary developer): pxeknife |at| eaglescrag ~dot~ net
Brian De Smet: pxeknife |at| fief ~dot~ org
--== What Is Included in PXE Knife? ==--
|Tool:||Version (in latest release)|
|Super Grub Disk||0.9450|
|Hard Drive Cloning:|
|Hard Drive Diagnosis (3rd party):|
|Salvation HDD Scan and Repair||3.0|
|Hard Drive Utilities (Manufacturer):|
|IBM/Hitachi - Disk Fitness Test||4.05|
|IBM/Hitachi - Feature Tool||2.00|
|Maxtor/Quantum - MaxBlast4||4.0|
|Maxtor/Quantum - PowerMax||4.22|
|Samsung - Disk Manager||10|
|Seagate - Disk Manager||9.56a|
|Seagate - Seatools||1.06.02/3.02.03en|
|Seagate - DiskWizard 2003||10.45.06|
|Western Digital - Data Lifeguard||11.0|
|Western Digital - Data Lifeguard Diagnostic||4.15/5.04c|
|Hard Drive Sector Editors|
|Hard Drive Wiping|
|Darik's Boot and Nuke||1.0.6|
|Linux Boot Disks|
|Recovery Is Possible||3.1|
|Tom's Boot Disk||2.0.103|
|DocMem RAM Diagnositc||1.45a / 2.1b|
|Offline NT Password & Registry Editor||cd060213|
--== PXE Knife History==--
|8/21/2006||v0.0.2 'Puggles are cool' released, including cd iso. Announced on freshmeat and ubcd's forums.|
|8/17/2006||Project Officially Announced on Syslinux Mailing list, v0.0.1 - "We just made the project up" released for comment.|
|8/3/2006||Project dreamt up during fit of insanity|