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Old 07-03-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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Can a PXE based diskless workstation config work for different desktops?


If I have to similar, but not quite identical diskless workstations that I'd like to boot, how can the linux network boot image support both of them? For example, If they differ solely by their NIC's, how does the same boot image support both these different pieces of hardware? Does it require something like a live-boot image (e.g. Knoppix) for a net-boot image?
 
Old 07-03-2008, 11:50 AM   #2
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It should, as long as the PXE image has the appropriate modules (drivers). In the same way you can use the same kernel for multiple machines that the kernel supports, you can use the same PXE machine for multiple machines.
 
Old 07-03-2008, 04:32 PM   #3
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It should, as long as the PXE image has the appropriate modules (drivers). In the same way you can use the same kernel for multiple machines that the kernel supports, you can use the same PXE machine for multiple machines.
So how does one know what modules to include and where does one include them?
 
Old 07-03-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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If you don't already know, then that means the kernel/initramfs image you've been using so far already includes all of the necessary modules.

From the sound of things, you haven't actually tried to implement diskless netbooting yet...have you?

There are a lot of different ways to approach diskless netbooting. What Linux distribution are you using? What is the hardware involved like? Depending on what your goals are, you might go with either a thin client or a thick client approach, and you have various strategies for handling semi-shared or independent OS partitions.
 
  


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