Subject: Re: x86: Network boot flopppy disk?
To: Andrew Gillham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Spiegelberg <email@example.com>
Date: 09/25/1994 14:32:26
# > Hello,
# > Has any one ever made a x86 floppy disk that, when booted, will in turn
# > boot the machine `diskless' across the network using bootp/tftp/nfs/...?
# > This should hopefully avoid the need to burn netboot prom's for each
# > ethernet card.
# Yes, I have. I am netbooting a 486DX/33 with a 3c507 card, off of
# another netbsd box. I tried to set it up with a 3c509, but I didn't
# know how to configure the correct port, as ifconfig sure isn't
# going to run in the kernel... :-) I imagine I could change the
# if_ep.c to hardcode the 'link0 link1' stuff, but I didn't want to
# mess with it. You probably will want to modify the boot/autoconf
# code so it doesn't do the "insert filesystem disk" request and
# sit there waiting for a keystroke!
# (maybe NetBSD supports the ep0 'altphys' config file option like
# Anyway, it works ok, though it seems a bit slow on i/o.
Has anyone ever gotten something similar to this work using
the Netware 3.1x autobooting (ie. remote reset) with LANWORKS
If so, how did you create the boot image in such a way that
Netware accepted it and afterwards made the diskless machine
reference the NetBSD server?
Greg "TwoTone" Spiegelberg SAIC UNIX Systems Administrator
RidgeNet, Ridgecrest, Ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
My views are hardly reasonable or credible thus are
contrary to others including SAIC's.