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Netbooting and Diskless Workstations with FreeBSD 23

sootman writes "O'Reilly's ONLamp site has a neat two-part series on building a netboot server and diskless workstations with FreeBSD. Nothing too earthshaking but it's always an interesting topic and it's nice to see a new writeup on it every so often."
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Netbooting and Diskless Workstations with FreeBSD

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  • Great stuff (Score:5, Informative)

    by ulib ( 816651 ) on Friday October 15, 2004 @04:17PM (#10539246) Homepage

    ... and here [onlamp.com]'s a handy collection of all BSD-related articles published on onlamp. :)
    (I'm posting it because the link is not obvious).

    • Thanks for the link. Onlamp is one of the best FreeBSD related sites. I always find their writings (interviews, guides, articles) very helpful. They are also good readings for those who haven't tried, but are curious about FreeBSD.
    • Thanks for the link....I don't know how I haven't found that site before...


  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 16, 2004 @04:37AM (#10543331)
    There is also this [mindrot.org] for OpenBSD. It is intended for flash booting, but with PXE it can be used to boot diskless systems too.
  • by CoolVibe ( 11466 ) on Saturday October 16, 2004 @09:19AM (#10543859) Journal
    On the dragonflybsd mailing lists [dragonflybsd.org] there's a big thread about using PXEboot to netboot the new installer [bsdinstaller.org] so machines without spindles or floppies can install dragonflybsd. Lots of info on how to set up DHCP for booting pxe-enabled machines. Might also be worth checking out.
  • sounds sweet.. i love the diskless technology.. there were some great Debian packages that made diskless booting a sinch.. simple NFS booting.. i can imagine it working much better with FBSD..

    i wonder if anyone has worked on a virtual architecture for diskless clutering applications? to me, besides saving a decent amount on hard drives, the only true advantage to diskless booting, is utilizing the theory of clustering, using things like load balancing..

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