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Kali Linux Tutorials : Network PXE Install


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Booting up Kali Linux over Network – PXE Boot

Today on K4linux we will talk about Booting and installing Kali over the network (PXE), in computing, the Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) specification describes a standardized client-server environment that boots a software assembly, retrieved from a network, on PXE-enabled clients. On the client side it requires only a PXE-capable network interface controller (NIC), and uses a small set of industry standard network protocols such as DHCP and TFTP.

Setup a PXE Server on Kali Linux

Booting and installing Kali over the network (PXE) can be useful from a single laptop install with no CDROM or USB ports, to enterprise deployments supporting pre-seeding of the Kali installation.

First, we need to install dnsmasq to provide the DHCP/TFTP server and then edit the dnsmasq.conf file.

apt-get install dnsmasqnano /etc/dnsmasq.conf

In dnsmasq.conf, enable DHCP, TFTP and PXE booting and set the dhcp-range to match your environment. If needed you can also define your gateway and DNS servers with the dhcp-option directive as shown below:


With the edits in place, the dnsmasq service needs to be restarted in order for the changes to take effect.

service dnsmasq restart

Download Kali PXE Netboot Images

Now, we need to create a directory to hold the Kali Netboot image and download the image we wish to serve from the Kali repos.

mkdir -p /tftpbootcd /tftpboot# for 64 bit systems:wget http://repo.kali.org/kali/dists/kali-rolling/main/installer-amd64/current/images/netboot/netboot.tar.gz# for 32 bit systems:wget http://repo.kali.org/kali/dists/kali-rolling/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/netboot.tar.gztar zxpf netboot.tar.gzrm netboot.tar.gz

Configure Target to Boot From Network

With everything configured, you can now boot your target system and configure it to boot from the network. It should get an IP address from your PXE server and begin booting Kali.

Kali Linux Network PXE Install

All the steps for this tutorial are explained on a Video on our Youtube Channel you can subscribe to it by this link they are many other tutorials that you can learn about bypassing and hacking and others basics tutorials about kali linux 2.0 (Kali Sana).

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