: : I have an idea for something that I think would be really cool to
: : do, but I am unsure if it is possible. Here's the idea: Our school runs
: : dos machines in its labs. The machines are all connected via ethernet to
: : the campus T1. Each machine has its own IP. What I would like to do is
: : make a boot disk such that I could walk to any machine in the labs and put
: : it in, and have the machine boot linux and NFS mount my roomates Linux
: : system, which is also on the same ethernet network, and logon to his
: : system, and run things remotly from it.
: : Does this sound unreasonable?
: : Can this be done with current utilites? Has
: : it been done already?
: : Can anyone offer me advice on how to do it if it
: : has not?
: There are several possibilities. One is to create a standard rescue disk
: and put some networking tools on it. Boot and mount the linux system,
: set some symlinks from /lib and /usr and other directories in the
: root to the mounted file system.
: Another is to find the netboot kernel patches and mount the root
: filesystem from the network during kernel boot.
: There the iX-Terminal package which gives you an Xterminal on a
: diskless PC (an existing disk is not problem :-).
: In both cases you need to check how you find your IP number, if a bootp
: server is used you can use "bootpc" to get the address, if not you
: should look for a safe method to find it.
: Read up on the HOWTOs on bootfloppies, nfs and the network for more info.
Ermm... he doesn't HAVE to use a linux boot disk. You could use
3COM software and PCNFS and install the files required on just 1 floppy
which you could boot from and then use dos/nfs/unix (telnet) at
the same time..