No pxe boot on virtual box guests

Ronald Steele rsteele at
Tue Jan 26 17:12:08 CET 2016

I’m working with this setup right now.  TFTP seems to be working fine.
I’m using “Internal Network” for the installation clients.  The fai server has two networks, the same “Internal Network” to boot the clients on and bridged network to get to it from the VB host.
You MUST have a wired, not WI-FI network because the bridged network will not work over WI-FI for most if not all WI-FI chips.  I’ve never gotten it to work using a NATed network to the host, and I don’t know why.
Also, my VB host is a Mac Mini running the latest OSX.
Make sure you are running a VB version 5+ as it’s MUCH faster than earlier versions.

Host this helps.


Now is someone could tell me why the client boot fails on the first boot from the hard drive, that would be great.

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 8:22 AM, Sven Schumacher <schumacher at> wrote:
> You might try to change the type of network card, which is virtually
> simulated by Virtualbox...
> Am 26.01.2016 um 14:19 schrieb Christian Linden:
>> Hi all,
>> Thomas went through all steps with me for a couple of days.. and we both come the conclusion
>> that Virtual Box must be the culprit.
>> I’ve a faiserver as guest and want to pxe boot another guest; the client gets an IP address but not the pxelinux.0
>> Connecting locally on the faiserver with a tftp client the download works, hence the tftp server works.
>> Does anyone know about this problem with/among VBox guests among each other?
>> I checked all kinds of network VBox offers: Nat, Nat network, Internal Network, Bridged.. no way.
>> Thanks so much!
>> Best,
>> Chris
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