bp787
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cannot pxe boot using vmware workstation Pro 15. error: PXE-E53: No boot filename received

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I am trying to use workstation 15 pro to install an image provided via pxe boot.  The pxe server is hosted on a Freenas server.

I am able to pxeboot on bare metal with the same setup.  Also, I can pxe boot from within the vm system in freenas.

What am I missing?  I'm assuming it's an option in the dhcpd.conf file or in pathing, but i've been unable to find an answer.

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yanw
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Would you please have a check if your VM's network connection type is NAT or Bridge? You should change the connection type to Bridge if you want to pxe boot from an outside pxe server i think

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yanw
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Would you please have a check if your VM's network connection type is NAT or Bridge? You should change the connection type to Bridge if you want to pxe boot from an outside pxe server i think

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bp787
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The VM is in Bridged Mode.  I'm going to test to see if another VM can access the TFTP server from a terminal.

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bp787
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for some reason, although I selected bridged mode and saved the settings, when i re-examined the settings, it was still NAT'd.  I deleted the VM and set it back up, and now bridged mode is set properly and pxe boot is functioning normally.

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