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We are leveraging PXE for a lab environment, which is working well, with pfSense acting as the DHCP server providing the Next-Server settings.
In the event that the Next Server is not available (down, offline, etc), the hosts attempting to boot will hang at the TFTP attempt - most hosts never fail out, and I cannot find a method to provide a timeout value for this in any of the BIOS operating in this lab.
Another method would be to create redundant TFTP/Boot servers, but this would require the pfSense DHCP server to support multiple Next–Server entries.
Anyone know if pfSense supports this, and if so, what is the syntax to use?
There isn't a way to have multiple next-servers, IIRC in the spec the field is only four bytes.
You could run some IP-level redundancy on the next server IP address (like CARP, VRRP, or something like keepalived on Linux)