I just spent a half day searching through SCCM collections, databases, PXE logs, etc to find a fairly easy fix (once you find it!!) Disclaimer: I’m using IE Nomad with PXE Lite, however this should work on straight SCCM PXE boot from DP’s as well.
The symptom is something like this:
- PXE boot a bare metal machine and SCCM starts imaging the workstation
- For whatever reason (network, hardware, bad task sequence, drivers, etc) the image fails.
- You restart the PC and try to PXE boot again.
- Instead of PXE booting – you get the following message: PXE Boot aborted. Booting to next device…
It seems the machine is kind of stuck in limbo at this point. The only other way I could complete the image is use physical boot media.
Some of the troubleshooting steps I took before finding the solution:
- Searched for the workstation MAC address in SCCM – both using a collection query and SQL. No hits
- Searched for IP – no hits
- Searched by MININT name – no hits
- Right click collections and select “clear require PXE advertisements” – no luck
Go into SCCM 2012 Console – Assets and Compliance – Device Collections – All Desktop and Server Clients
Search for Unknown
Right click any unknown records and delete them. Then try the PXE boot again.It should work!