[K12OSN] Re: How to make a Mac default to network boot

Frank Lee frank at oobschools.org
Thu Jun 23 19:15:57 UTC 2005

On 6/23/05 10:32 AM, "Jimmy Schwankl" <schwankl at chatham.k12.nc.us> wrote:

> Petre wrote:
>> How do I make a Mac default to network boot, so I don't have to
>> hold down the N key during boot?
> Petre,
> Check out this site.  Scroll down to the bit on Open Firmware Commands.
> http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/network/netboot/intro.macppc.html
> Peace,
> Jimmy
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I tried it on a grape tray loader on Monday at NELS (nelinux.net)... For the
out-of-the-box install of K12LTSP 4.2.1 I just executed the following line
in open firmware. The iMac boots to the LTSP server on boot every time.

setenv boot-device enet:

I remember there's something funny about the mini's we tried....  You might
have to look at dome documentation on it :-( but it's something like

Boot enet:,yaboot

I don't think that sets it tho.

Alternatively if you have OSX running on the mac, you can just set it in the
System Prefs to boot from network.  To return to the local OS, you hold the
"D" key down on startup.


Frank P. Lee
Old Orchard Beach Schools
Technology Department


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