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Re: [K12OSN] Wireless - TC boot status



On 10/27/2010 5:14 PM, Phydeaux wrote:
On 10/27/2010 4:22 PM, Barry Cisna wrote:
The thing is, I'm not sure you'd want to pxe boot over wifi, especially
something old that might only have b protocol or if you have a lot of
units booting at once.  Probably what you really want is a USB/flash
boot into something running the NX client with a painless way to keep
the boot image up to date - like being able to run from ramdisk while
overwriting the boot image if a change is needed, or having enough flash
for two copies and a way to copy the new one in and toggle which is used
for the next boot.  That way you'd only have to copy the image over when
it changes.

I'd agree!  Something like this with a CF/SD card can easily be mounted to a
motherboard or inside a machine to allow such booting:

http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/ad44midecf.asp
http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/adidesd.asp

One could also mount a USB key inside the machine.  This will allow
booting without the possibility for users to remove the USB key,
floppy, etc.

Or, if the machines have hard drives already and you have enough to be worth the trouble, you could do one install, then use clonezilla to copy the image to all the others. Not as painless as making something auto-update but still fairly easy and adaptable to about any way you can make a machine boot (a wired drbl server probably being the most straightforward).

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  Les Mikesell
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