Subject: Network boot?
To: None <port-vax@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Neill Clift <>
List: port-vax
Date: 04/13/1996 00:10:42
Hello all,
           Sorry if my question are pathetic but I know nothing about unix. I
am a long time VMS man and have a quite a few VAXen at home. The only machines
I have that NetBSD seems to support are a couple of 3900's (KA655). The 3900s
are a very recent addition to my collection and I don't have disks for them at
present. I boot them into a cluster consisting of a VAXstation 4000 M60 and a
VAXstation 3100 M38 (I only really keep the 4000 powered on all the time).
Over the years I have got pretty well acquainted with VMS internals and I have
been recently thinking that it might be nice to have a look at unix. Since I
know the VAX architecture pretty well NetBSD/VAX seems to be the obvious

Now my real question. Can I boot unix using ethernet as I do to get VMS on my
diskless 3900s? I assume its something to do with NFS. I run DECs UCX s/w on my
main VAXstation running VMS so could I create a whole unix system on a VMS disk
and have it served to one of the 3900s?

Neill Clift