Boot to network?

May 29, 2009 at 08:13:04
Specs: many, 1.4
What do I need to put on the server so a computer can boot off it and then install an os?

We have 75 dell gx110 computers that were donated.

They don't have cd roms or A:drives.
The bios only have two options .Boot off c: or the network.

The hard drives were wiped before being donated.

There is a slot to put one in. Comparable to a laptops cdrom or A: drive.

Took one apart and tried to connect a regular cd rom but the connector isn't standard.

Then tried a ribbon with two connections but it wont support two devises on one cable.

So, to load these....I need a means to boot off the server and then install an os. They are going to a school were cd roms and A: drives are not needed...just an OS.

I have tried a usb A: drive.
I have tried a usb cdrom
I have tried a hard drive with an os and the i386 files on it to do a repair.

I did locate an A: drive for it...but as mentioned it wont boot off an A: drive.

So some how I need it to boot off the server and then install an os.

A penny for your thoughts....

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May 29, 2009 at 08:58:38
for info the gx110 have pxe bootable network cards

so you should be able to boot them across a network and install OS directly onto them.
ok a lot more info is needed the 'how to bi't is probably best dealt with by some one who has done it.

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May 29, 2009 at 14:10:58

Unless you want to install another OS.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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