What to do if my PC doesn't have network boot?

  • Not sure if this has been addressed but I couldn’t find in the forums or Wiki…

    If I happen across a computer that doesn’t have any form of network boot option, how can I image it?

  • The only devices I know of manufactured today that can’t network boot are Android and iOS devices. Pretty much everything else can.

  • Moderator

    @moses ok then

    If your computer doesn’t have pxe boot capabilities but you can boot from USB then you can boot ipxe from there I have a tutorial on setting that up. I’m also looking into booting the FOS kernel right from USB. But there are a few technical details yet to be worked out.

    with ipxe USB booting the network adapter must be supported by ipxe’s kernel. Or straight booting FOS. the network adapter has to be supported by the FOS Linux kernel.

  • @george1421 It’s a hypothetical, don’t have any hardware in front of me. I’m using latest trunk though and plan to stay on it, and we are Windows 7 across the board.

  • Moderator

    First of all there are some options we are working but one may work for you today depending on your current hardware.

    Please tell us a bit more about your setup.

    What version of fog are you using (hint: numbers on the cloud from the managment gui)?
    What hardware are you trying to pxe boot. Model and manufacturer (I understand its not built in [I find that a bit suspect unless its a circa 2001 kit])?
    What OS do you plan on deploying to the target computer?