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Old 04-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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Question Windows install with grub

I would like to implement a PXE/RIS type server which can install both windows and linux distros over pxe. Right now i'm using a windows box for the PXE/TFTP server. I've got the linux part figured out; just modify grub config with new label and kernel, not hard at all. The hard part comes when trying to figure out how to get the windows install process started. Is there some way to get a windows installer started from grub?

Disclaimer: Mods, as this touches on hardware (PXE/NIC BIOS), software (Grub & OS), and networking, i wasn't quite sure where to put it. If you feel it needs to be moved, feel free.
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This I gotta see ... (sorry just subscribing to the thread).
ntldr (and the Vista loader presumably) isn't multi-boot compliant. Also does a check for (local) primary partition before install. There was a net install that allowed an install into a (remote) logical partition - without the requirement for a primary partition for the "system" (boot in our world) partition. Will have to think about this - will be interested in responses.
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I wouldn't get to excited, it may just be you and me. I recall seeing a linux based RIS equivilant some time ago, but it required a dedicated server (like RIS). The setup i have now, i can run from my local pc and have an install going in just a second. I'm using virtual machines running in a rack-mounted server so i can get a new linux server going without ever leaving my desk. If i can get a solution like this for windows too, that would be great. It wouldn't be the first time windows was booted from grub.

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