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Boot vhd or any virtual hard disk file through internet
2017-07-26, 14:51
Post: #1
Boot vhd or any virtual hard disk file through internet
Hi there folks,

I have a startup here in Brazil and we aim to provide logic and graphic processing to end user devices.
We will do that hosting the OS in vhd files and boot through iPXE this virtual hard disks to the user device.
The whole thing is embrionary, basically an idea so we do not know if iPXE can load virtual hard disks nor if exists write-back function on it, something like keeping the user data on the vhd even after the reboot.
Other concern is about how to determine the hardware configuration of the client, is there a file that follows the virtual hard disk which contains that info?
Could someone give us a hand on it?

P.s1.: We really would like to have some iPXE specialist on the team, if somebody gets interested by the idea we can talk (remotely). Startups here in Brazil are really on the mood.
P.s2.:As startup, no one here can afford a salary, but we can negotiate shares according to your contribute.
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2017-07-26, 19:43
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RE: Boot vhd or any virtual hard disk file through internet
iPXE supports iSCSI and so do most operating systems - but you never mentioned which OS you are supporting.

This also seems like a duplicate of existing thread about VHD And I would strongly suggest using the search function, both on the forum and internet Wink
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2017-07-26, 19:47
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RE: Boot vhd or any virtual hard disk file through internet
(2017-07-26 19:43)NiKiZe Wrote:  iPXE supports iSCSI and so do most operating systems - but you never mentioned which OS you are supporting.

This also seems like a duplicate of existing thread about VHD And I would strongly suggest using the search function, both on the forum and internet Wink

Thank's for replying, I've used the search function but i might looked for the wrong therms.
Altought we start with Windows but we aim to do the same with Linux and MacOS if possible.
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2017-08-03, 19:20
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RE: Boot vhd or any virtual hard disk file through internet
(2017-07-26 19:47)guilherme.lima Wrote:  Altought we start with Windows but we aim to do the same with Linux and MacOS if possible.

As I understand it, .vhd boot can only be from a local filesystem. I would instead suggest using iPXE to do an iSCSI boot http://ipxe.org/howto/wds_iscsi

The root path does not have to be provided via DHCP, it can be generated by an iPXE script, or static in an iPXE script.

Cheers
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