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Boot ISOs over network, it's possible??
2016-04-11, 21:01
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RE: Boot ISOs over network, it's possible??
No kernel will be able to access the ISO when OS have booted.
Described why quite recently here:

Regardless of which solution you will try using it still relies on INT13 for the first part, but as soon as OS kernel takes over it needs to have it's own nic driver and protocol support, as well as some kind of "INT13 handover"
For iSCSI there is iBFT. But you are still dependant on that provided kernel supports this.

iSCSI uses iBFT, see above
NFS can be used with nfsroot= linux kernel command line parameter, see the docs.
AoE I'm not sure about.

There is several examples of all of these techniques both here on the forum (use the search function) but also on the web Wink

The more workable solutions for installations is to use other methods.
* Windows: use wimboot and then connect a samba share to run the installation, For a basic start see:
* Linux use initrd and kernel, and try to find a way to load squashfs over the network as well, nfs or http load is supported by most distros, but I hope that more and more live medias support just initrding them all, a work-around script for systemrescuecd can be seen at and you can also find an alternative aproach at:

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RE: Boot ISOs over network, it's possible?? - NiKiZe - 2016-04-11 21:01

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