PXE Booting Virtualbox guests in internal networking mode?

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Don't use the emulated Intel cards for PXE boot, choose another, and you're fine.

P.S. Oh, it's already been stated (can't the questions be closed then?)

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Updated on December 20, 2020

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  • Mohit Chawla
    Mohit Chawla over 1 year

    I am not sure if this is just specific to my distro's packages or is a vbox limitation. So, any help would be appreciated.

    Ok, so I have a network of VMs, with one VM acting as a NAT for the other VMs in the "internal" network. One of those VMs is running a DHCP & TFTP server, and I just need to boot other VMs off of this server, but all I get starting the VMs when booting from the network is "Fatal: Could not read from the boot medium ! System halted".

    This is kinda killjoy since vbox is pretty easy to use and to experiment with, but I can't get around this error. Help ?

    • Mohit Chawla
      Mohit Chawla over 11 years
      Just did a bit of more digging and a random forum post revealed that its the Intel adapters that can't boot off of PXE in Virtual Box's open source edition, due to some licensing issues. I just tested this and indeed the other adapters do work...to an extent.
    • John Ledbetter
      John Ledbetter over 11 years
      I had the same issue using the (non-OSE) edition; google'd forever to find the answer, and here it was. Cheers!