No pxe boot on virtual box guests

Christian Linden lindomatic at
Tue Jan 26 17:30:30 CET 2016

Thank you all for your replies! =)

I’m running 5.0.10 r104061 on latest OS X on MacBook Pro.
Everything to see in syslog with -vvvv in the tftp options is nothing, just the dhcp info.
daemon.log is silent as well.

I think as well that there’s any conflict regarding the built in tftp server from vbox.

But Ron, you are not fitting in the over all experience =)
Prob I have is I just can choose one adapter in this box; there’s no add option I could see.. any hint?
Adding it on the faiserver or via vbox?

Thank you!


> On 26 Jan 2016, at 17:12, Ronald Steele <rsteele at> wrote:
> 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.
> Ron
> 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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