Release notes for RU7
iPXE Release Notes (an optional, hopefully faster, replacement of the PXE boot image boot loader)
I'd love for the RU7 release notes to be stickied here, seems confusing to link to 8.0 and 8.1 as both are outdated now. Hoping to test and deploy RU7 and iPXE here in the next week or two.
Put this on a dev box and asked a colleague to try it but initial observation was that iPXE was possibly worse than old PXE/TFTP. Need to look into it more but interested in others' experiences.
@MrSoapsud - In production on old PXE/TFTP my test to get to boot menu was 2 mins 20 seconds. On iPXE my first test was 1 minute 20 seconds.
This was a win7 legacy boot machine. I am hopeful it helps with the much slower UEFI boots I was seeing, but I won't be able to test that until tomorrow.
@MrSoapSud - Just wanted to come back to say it depends on model computer for me. My Latitude 5480s sit at like 10-20 seconds on the loading .wim file, but on the 5470s it's a few minutes at that boot.wim stage. Going to troubleshoot and see if I can get to the bottom of it. Support said "I did find discussions around I-217, I-218, I-219 NIC devices.The discussion noted that these devices may need to have the firmware upgraded. So check the equipment manufactures and see if there is a firmware upgrade, it maybe a bios upgrade to upgrade the NIC controller"
Edit: both 5480 and 5470 appear to use I-219 NICs. Updating BIOS on 5470 didn't help speed it up. :(
I haven't had any luck troubleshooting why 5470 slow to boot. I updated BIOS and preboot drivers. Support closed the ticket as they seemed to be out of ideas. Frustrating.