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Netboot a linux installation from a windows PC?

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February 7, 2010 3:18:32 PM

Hi

I was vundrering if i can use a Windows based Pc, to install Linux on a another Pc via my local network?

Pc i want to use as netboot server is:

CPU: Intel Core i7
MB: Supermicro C7X58
RAM 3x 1GB

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate.
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OS to install on blank Pc: Debian Linux


Thx
Undead

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a b 5 Linux
February 7, 2010 3:44:24 PM

It's much easier to use a Live CD, a USB stick, SD card, CF card, netboot CD or some other method.

Is there a really good reason you can't use any of the above? Why are you trying to netboot?

Please post your full hardware specs for both computers and your network.

Do you have proper, working PXE? If you don't it's not going to work even if you could get windoze to play ball.

Have you ever PXE'ed before?

Good luck :) 
a b 5 Linux
February 7, 2010 4:30:55 PM

You might want to take a look at:

http://tftpd32.jounin.net/

as it seems to be about the only one I could find that did not charge. In theory you should be able to do what you want with this providing the BIOS on the target machine supports PXE booting.

With Debian the other thing you could do is to boot the net installer on the target pc, you can do that with a pen, CD or floppy and then install.


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February 7, 2010 4:36:10 PM

linux_0 said:
It's much easier to use a Live CD, a USB stick, SD card, CF card, netboot CD or some other method.

Is there a really good reason you can't use any of the above? Why are you trying to netboot?

Please post your full hardware specs for both computers and your network.

Do you have proper, working PXE? If you don't it's not going to work even if you could get windoze to play ball.

Have you ever PXE'ed before?

Good luck :) 


When i come to think of it i got some usb sticks and SD cards lying around. i will see if i cant get any use of it.
a b 5 Linux
February 7, 2010 5:19:54 PM

-1 Geek cool
+1 Practicality

I dunno.. a PXE served live CD type environment that any PC you plugged on the network could boot does seem kind of cooler than a bootable USB stick.


a b 5 Linux
February 7, 2010 9:02:42 PM

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBS...

I've used PXE a million times, it's cool, however it's not easy and some PXE implementations are seriously flawed to the point they don't work.

On Linux redhat's made it pretty easy but it's not a piece of cake on windows.

There's also http://boot.kernel.org/ which provides USB, floppy and CD images and lets you boot over http, still the more traditional methods work better.

Semper Fi :) 
a b 5 Linux
February 9, 2010 8:56:01 PM

Actually... the windows set-up is not bad last time I looked. It does depend on what you use but there are a few with near point and click deployment.
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