ConfigMgr 2012 PXE-E3B: TFTP Error – File not found

A new feature within ConfigMgr 2012 is the PXE support on the Distribution Point Role. Yes, the PXE Service Point role is no more present within ConfigMgr 2012. The Windows Server Role Windows Deployment Services, also called WDS is still needed! Just install this role, do NOT configure the WDS server!

After enabling the PXE support on de Distribution Point server, the client should get the required PXE boot files. I received an error after the PXE boot “PXE-E3B: TFTP Error – File Not found”.

When I browse to the boot directory on my ConfigMgr 2012 server, all the folders were empty. The folders D:\SMSboot\x64 and x86 should be filled with the right PXE boot files. I forgot one critical step :S ….a new option in the properties of the boot images in ConfigMgr 2012 is “Deploy this boot image from the PXE service point”, located on the Data Source tab of the properties of the boot files.

After applying this changes on both boot files, the required PXE boot files were available in the right folders. My client are now able to PXE boot.