Can I boot over a home network?

January 2, 2012 at 12:32:33
Specs: Windows XP
I am looking into setting up a home network for file sharing and backups.
something I was wondering is can I install an operating system on the server computer and boot from it on multiple computers on my network?
there are 2 unidentical desktop PC's and 2 laptops in my house
I know alot about computer hardware and i am confident with individual computers but i have never used a home network before.
in my bios there is a boot from network option.
if i could i would use windows 7 professional as i am very familiar with it.

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January 3, 2012 at 08:06:08
To answer your question.. to the best of my knowledge, no, you can't do that.

The option your talking about in Windows XP is an option just in case the installation files for the operating system are on a network somewhere.

Sorry pal.

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January 3, 2012 at 08:41:24
Technically you can boot over a home network but the software and hardware required to do it makes it impracticable. It is only something you will find in companies with hundreds of computers to deal with.

You need a network server running a server operating system that is capable of responding to a network boot request. That means Windows Server 2008. Neither Windows XP or Windows 7 fit the bill. To be legal you would also need a licence for each computer that is going to use network booting. Expensive for a home user.


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January 3, 2012 at 09:41:34
I will hope to be using FreeNAS. I'll be able to live with file sharing and backups.

Thaanks anyway


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