Verifying network communication between the client and server

Before initiating the network boot on the client, perform these steps to verify network communication between the client and the server.

  1. Perform a ping test from the client bootp menus.
  2. If the ping test fails, verify that the client, server, and gateway addresses are specified correctly.
  3. If the addresses are correct, try to ping the server from a different machine in the client's subnet.

    If the server can be pinged from another machine, the network adapter on the boot client may be faulty.

  4. If the server cannot be pinged from another machine in the client's subnet, there may be routing problems between the client and the server, or network communications on the server may be faulty. For information on network-debugging procedures, refer to TCP/IP troubleshooting in the Networks and communication management.