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Tutorial for Implementing NetBoot in OS X 10.4 System 10.4
Mac OS X includes a "NetBoot" feature, whereby you can have any Mac boot from the system on any other Mac on your network. This is not an easy thing to set up, and requires installing software, setting up the root account on the host Mac, creating NetBoot share folders, fiddling with NetInfo Manager and much more.

I've posted an illustrated tutorial for implementing NetBoot here.

[kirkmc adds: Not for the faint of heart, but since it's Friday, this looks like a good weekend project for some of you. I haven't tested this.]
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Tutorial for Implementing NetBoot in OS X 10.4
Authored by: alset on Oct 06, '07 09:43:19AM

I was excited to read the linked article, but each micro-step of the process requires a full page load. I understand that sites generate revenue via advertisements, but there comes a point when the amount-of-information-provided vs number-of-page-loads becomes unacceptable and condescending. It is not possible to load the printable version of the article without registering with the site, so I see no method of gleaning the knowledge contained within the article in a less obnoxious fashion other than to skip to the author's list of references on the final page, which is what I intend to do.

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Tutorial for Implementing NetBoot in OS X 10.4
Authored by: mbd on Oct 07, '07 03:14:48PM
Or, you could look at the top of the page where it says "View all steps on one page". It links to this URL: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Regular-Mac-a-NetBoot-Server!/?ALLSTEPS

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Tutorial for Implementing NetBoot in OS X 10.4
Authored by: Libwolf on Oct 08, '07 03:48:04AM
Or you can click the button which says view all steps on one page.
http://tinyurl.com/2chkth

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Tutorial for Implementing NetBoot in OS X 10.4
Authored by: leamanc on Oct 06, '07 12:51:12PM

This is an excellent hint; as Kirk mentions, it's a good weekend project for those who want to do it "just because" they can. It's always neat when people discover how to implement Mac OS X Server functionality with the standard version.

But on the other hand, anyone who is going to implement a NetBoot lab (a school, university, etc.) is probably going to have the funds to get an XServe or two (or a few dozen) and implement it the easy way--via the GUI tools in OS X Server. I don't see anyone NetBooting on their home LAN for any practical reason.



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