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What is rbfg.exe?

The Remote Boot Floppy Generator application (rbfg.exe) is a tool that is part of Microsoft® Remote Installation Services (RIS), which is included in the Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 family. RIS uses the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to do remote OS deployment over a network. rbfg.exe is included to support clients that are not PXE-compliant.

You use rbfg.exe to create a RIS boot disk that contains a PXE client. This client disk can then be used to network boot client computers that do not contain a PXE enabled ROM.

Only one RIS boot disk is required for all of the supported network adapters.

Versions

Currently, RBFG supports a fixed list of PCI-compliant adapters; it does not support any PC Card, USB or ISA network adapters (see table below).

There are two versions of RBFG shipping, Windows 2000 Server includes version 1 build 27, and Windows Server 2003 includes version 2 build 19.

Argon Technology has an update to RBFG available, which supports additional adapters. See list below.

If your network adapter is not supported by RBFG, or you need a fully compatible PXE client for your systems (RBFG only supports a subset of the PXE specification), you can buy Argon’s PXE on Disk® product.

If your network adapter isn’t supported by PXE on Disk, Argon can create a customized version to meet your specific requirements. Just email or call us and let us know what you need.

Argon offers other products, including PXE on Disk® that also provide PXE Boot ROM functionality on a bootable floppy or CD. Argon Client Management Software (CMS) ships with an integrated Remote Boot Floppy Generator that includes support for a wider range of adapters.

If you don’t want to have to use a boot floppy in the clients, Argon also sells a PXE Boot ROM for all the major network adapters. When you install this ROM on your network adapter, it will be PXE-compliant.

Learn more about rbfg.exe and Network Booting

To find out more about Argon’s rbfg.exe build 20 or for any additional adapter support, please contact us.

Adapter Windows 2000 Server Windows Server 2003 Argon Build 20
$49.99

3Com 3C905-TX * * *
3Com 3C905-T4 * * *
3Com 3C900-TP0 * * *
3Com 3C900-Combo * * *
3Com 3C900B-TPO * * *
3Com 3C900B-Combo * * *
3Com 3C905B-TX * * *
3Com 3C905B-Combo * * *
3Com 3C900B-FL * * *
3Com 3C905B-FX * * *
3Com 3C900B-TPC * * *
3Com 3C905C-TX * * *
SMC 9432 * * *
HP DeskDirect 10/100 TX * * *
Intel Pro 100+ * * *
Intel Pro 10+ * * *
Intel Pro 100B * * *
DEC DE500 * * *
DEC DE450 * * *
SMC 8432 * * *
SMC 9332 * * *
AMD PCnet Adapters * * *
Compaq NetFlex 100 * * *
Compaq NetFlex 3 * * *
Compaq NetFlex 110 * * *
3Com MiniPCI * *
Realtek RTL8029 * *
Realtek RTL8139 * *
SMC 1211TX * *
Accton MPX5030 * *
Allied Telesyn 2500TX * *
SMC EN1209D-TX5 * *
National 83815 compatible *
NETGEAR FA311/FA312 *
Accton MPX5030 *
Allied Telesyn 2500 *
Accton EN1209D-TX5 *
Allied Telesyn 2450 *
Allied Telesyn 2700 *
Allied Telesyn 2745 *