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Simplified Net-booting (Booting Puppy Linux via your LAN)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject:  Simplified Net-booting (Booting Puppy Linux via your LAN)
Subject description: a cool and simple way to deploy Puppy Linux in your computer lab or Internet cafe
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Net-booting has been here in Puppy Linux since version 2.16, so you might as well try it in a few steps:

1. Get TFTP for Windows from here. Unzip to an appropriate location in a Windows PC in your LAN. (It will have a directory /pxe.)

2. Download initrd-humongous-2.16.1-93952k.gz from ibiblio or its mirrors (see http://puppylinux.net/download/downpage.htm ). Rename to initrd.gz and put in the /pxe directory (see #1).*

3. Start TFTPD32.exe. Tell Windows to allow it through the firewall (if firewall is activated). Change some IP numbers like IP pool starting address and Default router (see image below) then save and restart.

4. Connect to the LAN a client PC, set it to boot from PXE/network, and restart it.

4.a Puppy will look for the zdrv_216.sfs file*, so plug in a USB drive (with zrdv) while net-booting, or first make sure that zdrv is in the hard disk. You can use a save file and extra sfs, just like locally-booted Puppy.

* The available initrd-humongous-2.16.1-93952k.gz has no zdrv_216.sfs in it. To roll your own initrd: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=18421

Notes: Thanks to Philippe Jounin for TFTPD and Mark Hinge for the how to, Steven Shiau for net-booting help, and Barry Kauler for everything. Smile

- Windows is used as server for simple deployment. Even Win98SE should work (98SE has Internet Connection Sharing, so it can function as the router, too).

- The client PC should have more than 128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM is recommended).

- The Windows PC (server) should have a fast ethernet card (this is generally valid in WinXP PCs).

- Net-booting of Puppy Linux works given certain changes in Puppy's init (in initrd.gz). Versions before and after 2.16 are not known to be ready for net-booting.
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