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Hi ! i have installed and configured a NFS server-deamon running on my PC and i want a second PC to boot linux over network. this second PC has only ...
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    Linux Newbie robak's Avatar
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    booting linux over network


    Hi !


    i have installed and configured a NFS server-deamon running on my PC and i want a second PC to boot linux over network. this second PC has only a CPU, LAN and VGA and it should boot and load everything from my NFS server.
    Do I need some other server-deamons running on my PC or is NFS enough?
    and how much RAM does the second PC need?

    can someone please help me with this topic?
    does anybody know good tutorials how to make linux boot over network.


    big thanks in advance
    greez robak
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    ***Moved to Installation***

    To do this, you need a NIC with EEPROM, allowing you to store the information pertaining to where to find the server, etc. on the NIC's EEPROM. Or you need a mobo that allows booting from Network, broadcasting for DHCP, BOOTP and TFTPD. Else, you'll need to have it boot the kernel from floppy/CD/FLASH and have just the filesystems on the remote server.

    Check out this tut over on the gentoo-wiki for a general guide: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Gentoo_Diskless_Install
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    Just to note its also called PXE booting heres a search from Google As sarumont said you need a newish mobo IIRC anything newer then 3-4 years old. You also mount/load the whole lot from the server, kernel and all. I use it now to boot my desktop into a Linux desktop or any other machine on the network just press f12 or add it to the boot order

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    Linux Newbie robak's Avatar
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    thanks for your posts
    i'll try it and post again if i got it working, or if it doesn't work
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