PXE Booting Virtualbox guests in internal networking mode?


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


  • 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!