Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2014 8:13 AM (in response to MagesGuild)
The service data for NetBoot is stored in /etc/bootpd.plist. But NetBoot scans for active interfaces to populate those lists.
I'd try deleting, and recreating, the interfaces in System Preferences -> Network.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2014 4:58 PM (in response to Brian Nesse)
That was one of the first things that I tried to do. I tried it again today, just to be certain, and all it did was entirely frag my network.
I have tried three different boot volumes, removed the PCI-X FC card (as apple sayd 'Do Not Use' for Intel XServes: I'm not sure why), tried installing Server Admin v10.5.7 (individual download), which only caused SA to crash constantly, re-applied the 10.5.8 v1.1 update, that seemingly fragged other prefs, and now am re-cloning the main boot volume from the backup I made prior to messing with it today, as I can now no longer even load localhost. :/
Thank goodness for routine system imaging.
**None of this did anything.**
My PPC G5 XServe Netboot works, but the Netboot optipons on the 2008 Intel are still MIA.
I also tried to rempte view the server via SA on the G5, and the ports aren't visible from there either.
I ran a drive with a much older backup, from when I am certain that NetBoot was working. I zapped the Pram six more times, and I'm at a loss here to explain the cause. I thought it could have been due to instal;ling the PCI-X FC card, but that doesn't seem to be true. For the record, I think that the FC card (PCI-X version) *was* working, although I can't prove that, and I don't know why Apple says not to use it on Intel models with a PCI-X slot.
No install that I have, current or backup, will shpw any ports or discs for Netboot, at all. My last resort wi;ll be to try a cleanm install on anopther volume, after I finish restoring this disc image, and see if that shpws the ports. If a clean install does not show ports for NB, than I am totally lost on what else I could do, as it will have to be some kind of bizarre HW problem.
I will have to verify if I have any FW devices plugged into the system. I believe I unplugged them, but I've done so much on this one problem that it's making my head spin.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2014 8:29 AM (in response to MagesGuild)
From what I can tell, the Intel Xserve's have PCI-Express, not PCI-X, risers (not an expert, just reading.)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2014 7:13 PM (in response to Brian Nesse)
The 2008 XServe has two risers. One is, by default, PCIe, and the other is by default, PCI-X. You can change the PCI-X riser to a PCIe riser---this was a build option---easily enough.