[LinuxBIOS] boot from network

David Hendricks dhendrix at google.com
Thu Jun 29 23:43:28 CEST 2006

Hello Mr. Carno,
   This is indeed possible. The basic steps that I've used in the past are:
1. Make an etherboot image. Etherboot should download the image from the
server via TFTP.
2. Compile LinuxBIOS with the etherboot image as the payload.
3. Make sure DHCPD and TFTPD are set up properly on the host and that your
kernel image is in the correct directory. If I recall correctly, booting a
Linux kernel over DHCP requires that you specify the location of your image.
For example:
 host n1 {
                 hardware ethernet 0:d0:c9:56:03:29; # MAC address
                 fixed-address;  # IP address
                 filename "/tftpboot/elfimage";

I have some old notes for a somewhat similar project using Etherboot, TFTP,
and Beoboot:
http://home.comcast.net/~zen_weasel/linuxbios_stuff/geode/bproc-geode . Most
of it is obsolete, but the DHCP example might be useful. I'll try and get
some more up to date instructions for you later on tonight.

On 6/28/06, Z Carno <carnoz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I want to test if my linuxbios could boot from network .  but have not
> done  that before ,could anyone please help me to check if my steps is
> right?
> 1.install an os on ide hdd on the test MB.
> 2.copy the installed image file to another Server MB.
> 3.make some configuration for DHCP.
> 4.remove test MB ide hdd ,and use linuxbios boot .
> I have test windows boot from network before, its steps seems this . but
> I've no idea whether linux is this too.
> Thank you.
> Carno
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