[K12OSN] How to boot clients PCs.
"Terrell Prudé Jr."
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Tue Sep 8 14:12:04 UTC 2009
Sudev Barar wrote:
> 2009/9/7 mir ip <mip1983 at yahoo.com>:
>> I tried it by another PC client and it worked. So the thing is as you said
>> BIOS is not supporting LAN boot.
>> So it means that the PC must boot through floppy or CD isn't it?
> Yes. Or check your lan cards - do they have boot ROM sockets? Can you
> get boot ROM for your ethernet cards?
The other alternative is to boot the EtherBoot image from the hard disk
itself. This way, there's not floppy or CD-ROM to misplace or "grow
legs and walk away."
All you have to do is cat this image to /dev/hda or whatever your hard
disk is (/dev/sda, on SATA or SCSI systems). The way I do it is by
first copying the EtherBoot image to a file (usually a formatted floppy,
since the EtherBoot image is so small), then booting Damn Small Linux on
the old PC. Then, just mount the floppy ("mount -t vfat /dev/fd0
/mnt/floppy" or something similar), and "cat" the EtherBoot file
directly to your hard disk.
If you've already made an EtherBoot floppy and would like to skip any
mounting of floppies, you can do that, too. Again, boot Damn Small
Linux on the old PC, then pop your prepared (and tested!) EtherBoot
floppy into the drive. Then issue this command.
cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda
Either way, what you're essentially doing here is turning your old PC's
hard disk into an "EtherBoot hard disk." It's acting just like a giant
EtherBoot floppy. Of course, you won't be able to boot any other OS's
from that hard disk this way...and for an old PC acting as a thin
client, that is a good thing. If the old hard disk goes belly-up, no
problem, just pop another old one in there, cat your floppy over, and
you're back in business.
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