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PXE Boot or Pre-Boot Targus UDS GbE Support

Thee DocKtor is often asked, “Do Targus UDS support PXE Boot?”

This would mean that the host PC would have to have BIOS support for the GbE MAC/PHY downstream from the host USB and on the other side of the Targus UDS USB hub and DisplayLink SOC.  In essence, Windows would have to boot over GbE over USB.  Thee DocKtor has heard that there is one Dell model that does support booting over the Targus UDS GbE port, but he has yet to verify this.  

Thee DocKtor assumes that IT Administrators are ultimately trying to use a network (LAN/VPN) to provision PCs that have limited IO options, often with only WiFi (that may or may not be working) and maybe one if not more USB ports, no local Ethernet port.

In this scenario, Thee DocKtor recommends to use USB media to deploy from.  Setup a USB bootable pre-installation environment with the Targus UDS GbE (and Sound and Graphics) driver(s) built into the PE image to support it.  For details, see the article here.

Please feel free to post other ideas to this blog.  Thanks for your support.

Categories: Deployment

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