Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2011 9:30 AM (in response to mberardinelli)
The NetBoot service does not need to run on a server also running DHCP so you are ok on that front, you will only need AFP if you are going to use diskless NetBoot. Can you however provide more details as to your NetBoot configuration, e.g. what Interfaces have you enabled it to serve on, what archictectures are supported, have you configured any restrictions as to models that can connect, have you configured a filter for MAC addresses, etc.?
The first thing to do is to get things so the NetBoot image does show up in Startup Disks, then worry later about actually trying to NetBoot.
The error you listed of "Jul 6 11:47:43 localhost configd: bootp_session_transmit: bpf_write(en1) failed: Network is down (50)" might be suggesting you have enabled the NetBoot service on a network interface which is not in use. Some models of Mac such as the Mac Pro and XServe have two Ethernet interfaces. Even on the Mac mini you are using the built-in Ethernet and built-in AirPort (WiFi) still count as two interfaces. On the Mac mini normally en0 is the built-in Ethernet and en1 is the AirPort.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2011 10:35 AM (in response to John Lockwood)
Hi there and thanks for the reply!
At the moment I have the NetBoot service serving on built-in Ethernet (which makes that error on en1 all the more strange - I don't even have Airport turned on). In fact, the en0 port is the only one that populates in the list of available interfaces to use.
I have not configured any restrictions or filters or anything. Currently it is set to allow any connected host. I have logging set to High so I can catch anything that happens to come up.
I was just talking with our network admin and he's thinking we'll have to configure our DHCP server with some settings to point the Macs to the image file. (for example, we have some LTSP machines with reserved IPs in a group on the DHCP server that get PXE-boot settings from the group and thus are able to netboot to a terminal server session).
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 8:12 AM (in response to mberardinelli)
So we figured out that we need to create a group within our DHCP server such that any Mac that is also part of the group will be able to netboot to the AST image.
Does anyone know the root path I need to put in for the AST image? I'm looking through the gateway server and I cannot find a .sparseimage file within the AppleServiceToolkit.nbi folder.