Ticket #4756 (closed defect: obsolete)

Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

pxe booting on mac os x xlient still slow

Reported by: sab Owned by:
Priority: major Component: network
Version: VirtualBox 3.0.4 Keywords: pxe slow mac osx
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Mac OS X

Description (last modified by vushakov) (diff)

client mac os x 10.5.8 virtualbox 3.0.4 for intel mac

setup vb to boot from network(pxe) this all works fine but is very slow takes about 45mins to 1 hour to load our winpe image over pxe if vt-x/amd-v is enabled. if disabled take about 10 minutes or less.

network adaptor is set to intel pro 1000 bridged (still slow if any other driver and vt-x/amd-v is enabled). cannot even pxe boot if set to NAT.

Attachments Download (35.6 KB) - added by sab 9 years ago.
3 vbox log files on my machine

Change History

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by sandervl73

VBox.log please....

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by michaln

Of course you "cannot even pxe boot" with NAT - because with NAT, the guest runs on a totally different network with a different DHCP server.

There is a PXE/TFTP server built into the VirtualBox NAT component, but that uses static files on the host. See section 6.4.2 in the VirtualBox User Manual. Bridged networking is what users typically should use if they want PXE booting for their VMs and have a PXE server on the network the host is attached to.

Changed 9 years ago by sab

3 vbox log files on my machine

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by calavera

same issue here. Using PXE boot on the Intel Desktop MT network adapter in bridged mode, here is what happens:

The initial boot menu after obtaining an ip address loads very quickly, I can see in OSXs activity monitor that it downloads the information for the OS install choices at about 240KB/sec. This matches up from what I can tell from the bytes received field in the session information dialog.

However, once I choose an OS to install, the download process for the boot files (and if I wait forever until it boots, the installation files) moves at a speed of no higher than 20KB/s.

If I choose the PCnet-FAST III adapter in bridged mode, the boot and installation files are downloaded at a normal speed (anywhere from 300kb to 1.5MB/sec). But I am unable to proceed with setup when the installer loads because the PE image does not have drivers for that adapter.

There is a workaround posted on one of the forums wherein you pxe boot using the PCnet adapter, then plug the cable in for the Intel adapter upon installation start. But this is still a bug in the Intel adapter.

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by aleksey


Your problem appears to be different from the problem of the originator. Can you provide VBox.log as well as the packet capture file up to the point where it downloads at 20KB/s in private mail to aleksey.ilyushin AT You can enable capture of VM traffic with:

VBoxManage modifyvm <VM_name> --nictrace<NIC_number> on --nictracefile<NIC_number> <some_path>

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by aleksey


It looks like your problem is more related to #6330. Please take a look.

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by vushakov

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  • Resolution set to obsolete
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