F12 network service boot prompt
I know this is a duplicate post, the the solution found in http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/configmgrosd/thread/71c4f36a-10f2-443e-8f8c-0d7caf0bd22e/did not resolve my issue. Renaming the pxeboot.n12 file to pxeboot.exe only causes another pxeboot.n12 file to be created when I try to OSD a machine. I used to not get prompted for the additional press f12 - but now I do. Not sure what I did to cause this. Anyways, what is a good way to not get prompted to 'press f12 for network service boot'? If it's important - i've got sccm 2007 r2 - i have (right now) 2 non mandatory TS advertised to the unknown computers collection.ZachZach Smith
September 17th, 2009 8:47pm

you will be promoted if the advertisement is not mandatoryJohn Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
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September 17th, 2009 8:52pm

If there is no way to get rid of the press f12, is there a way to make it stay for a longer period of time before bypassing the pxe boot? Also, i used to not get asked about the additional f12 prompt - it used to go right into it. Any clue as to why i'm all of a sudden being prompted to press f12?Zach Smith
September 17th, 2009 8:54pm

You can get rid of the first F12 by using the N12 file, the second will apear of there's no mandatory advertisement for the client.John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
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September 17th, 2009 9:01pm

Thanks for the help John. How would one 'user the N12 file' ?ZachZach Smith
September 17th, 2009 9:26pm

You can use wdsutil to set it as the default boot program: WDSUTIL /Set-Server /BootProgram:boot\x86\pxeboot.n12 /Architecture:x86 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816898%28WS.10%29.aspxJason | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys | http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/jsandys/default.aspx | Twitter @JasonSandys
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September 17th, 2009 9:39pm

Jason's way more a geek that I, I would use the UI. LOLJohn Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 17th, 2009 9:40pm

I'll take that as a compliment :-)Jason | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys | http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/jsandys/default.aspx | Twitter @JasonSandys
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September 17th, 2009 9:54pm

I'll take that as a compliment :-) Jason | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys | http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/jsandys/default.aspx | Twitter @JasonSandys You should.John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 17th, 2009 10:00pm

When typing the wdsutil command I get the following:Error Description: The Windows Deployment Services server role has not been configured on this server.I have not done any configuration to my WDS per documentation on setting up OSD/PXE w/ SCCM. I was informed to NOT configure the WDS - SCCM will take care of that. Perhaps I need to configure WDS?Zach Smith
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September 17th, 2009 10:07pm

I have never read that in the docs, I always go in and configure some stuff.John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 17th, 2009 10:13pm

Ok - I'll configure it and see what happens. I remember doing this when I setup SCCM 2007 - but when I re-did everything for R2 - I read to NOT configure WDS. I'll post what I found shortly.(PS this forum has the quickest responses in the world - much appreciated)Zach Smith
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September 17th, 2009 10:16pm

i also configure in the WDS gui, so i'm glad im not alone :)my SCCM step by step Guides > http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1064
September 18th, 2009 12:30pm

Thanks for the help. However, I am still having to press f12 for a network service boot once the image is found. What I did was WDSUTIL /initialize-server ...blah blahWDSUTIL /Set-Server /BootProgram:boot\x86\pxeboot.n12 /Architecture:x86WDSUTIL /Set-Server /BootProgram:boot\x64\pxeboot.n12 /Architecture:x64I also tried using the pxeboot.exe, pxeboot.com, wdsnbp.com and no luck. Any ideas on what my issue is?Zach Smith
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September 18th, 2009 3:56pm

Is your advertisement mandatory?John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 18th, 2009 6:21pm

I have two advertisements which are not mandatory - advertised to the unknown PC collection.Zach Smith
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September 18th, 2009 6:24pm

That's why you get the F12. John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 18th, 2009 6:25pm

I've read that. The only thing that is confusing is that this has only now started. I used to not get prompted to hit F12. I know it sounds crazy, but I have not changed anything. I was running non-mandatory TS to the UN-PC collection and they would go right into the WinPE without having to hit f12. If I have to hit f12 then that's fine. If there is no way to get rid of that, then that's fine. I'm just curious as to why I was able to have non-mandatory TS and not hit F12, and now all of a sudden I have to hit F12. is there anyway to extend the wait period for theF12? Can I make it like 10 seconds instead of 3 (or whatever it curently is set to)?ZachZach Smith
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September 18th, 2009 6:39pm

Just to test add the computer to a collection and add a mandatory advert to that collection and see what happens. For obvious reasons automatically PXE booting all unknown computers and formatting the hard drive would be bad so there are steps built in to prevent that and you shouldn't add a mandatory to all unknown computers.John Marcum | http://www.TrueSec.com/en/Training.htm | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum
September 18th, 2009 6:53pm

I know this is old, but I have a similar question: How can I extend the time that the message 'Press F12 for network service boot' appears on the screen?
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January 28th, 2011 1:30pm

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