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I was wondering how i can make a diskless node boot from another HDD which is my main server?
Heres a diagram to explain my current home network set-up
What i need is the Diskless node to boot off a partition from the fileserver/gateway over the network.
How can i achive this?
Short answer is you can't. You can't actually boot to another computers hard drive. You could however, boot to a pxe card and run terminal client on the diskless clone. What are you trying to achieve? Maybe we can come up with an alternative.
Another thing would be to boot to a Knoppix CD and access the gateway/fileserver.
Basic bjective is to eliminate the HDD from that PC all together
Its another passive cooling project ;)
Just need a fully functioning XP Professional/Home on that machine but with theboot process taking place over the network
I doubt you'll be able to get a Windows operating system working without hard drive installation. Other options are using a bootable Linux CD (as already suggested), depending on what the machine is going to be doing once it's booted. Or you could go for a Flash drive to boot off (no fans/noise, but limited capacity).
Try this: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
"Barts Pe Builder"
Boot and run winXP off CD That just may do it for you.
DRAC cards from Rainbow IT (amongst others) or a mobo with a remote BIOS feature (like my Tyans) will ley you do all the boot stuff remotely.
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