How do I boot from an os via Local area network?

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asked Aug 24, 2010 by blackbird307 (3,747 points)
How can I boot an operating system like windows xp off of local area network? I heard it was possible. I am trying to do this.

I understand it's complicated. But I wish to do this as an experiment.

I have 2 computers, 1 with a tb hard drive, the other is really old with only a 30gb hard drive.
commented Aug 24, 2010 by FilipinoPower (13,005 points)
Are you doing it for school?
commented Aug 24, 2010 by blackbird307 (3,747 points)
Nope. All the computers in my school actually do boot off a local area network. But my summer hasn't ended yet.
commented Aug 25, 2010 by TheTechDude (76,270 points)
You sure they boot off a network and don't just log into one because at my school they boot on their own and then sign into the domain.

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answered Aug 24, 2010 by TheTechDude (76,270 points)
To be honest I do not think that this is possible there are ways to store Microsoft Office on a Server and open it from there but i have never heard anyone do what you are trying.  I would love for someone to prove me wrong because my other computer hard drive died three days ago and i don't have to money right now for a new one.
commented Aug 24, 2010 by kevin (35,790 points)
There are some things like Citrix business products not commonly shown by them. I think it ix XenApp
commented Aug 25, 2010 by TheTechDude (76,270 points)
okay, i will have to do some more looking
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answered Aug 24, 2010 by catchatyou (97,380 points)
It is possible to boot from OS X on a network.  I've never personally done it, but from what I understand, you go into System Preferences/Startup Disk/Network Startup.  I only know that much about it, because I've never done it, but if you are interested I'm sure that there are more knowledgeable geeks in the community about this.<br><br>I'm pretty sure that you can also boot Windows from a network, because I'm pretty sure that my school currently uses that for some of the computer classes.
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answered Aug 24, 2010 by kevin (35,790 points)
I know you can boot Windows OS and Mac OS from a local area network. I never tried doing it. I bet you will need something like Windows Embeded OS.

I went to do some quick search and found this <>

related for linux <>
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answered Aug 25, 2010 by FilipinoPower (13,005 points)
You can do it but I'm not exactly sure how but when you return to school ask your IT director if she/he can help.
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answered Aug 25, 2010 by r0bErT4u (83,750 points)
***Boot from LAN or PXE - Yahoo! Search Results: [][1]***

I don't recall the exact steps off the top of my head ...

* BIOS settings to boot from PXE  

[***Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE, pronounced pixie and also known as Pre-Execution Environment)***][2] *is an environment to boot computers using a network interface independently of data storage devices (like hard disks) or installed operating systems.*

*PXE was introduced as part of the Wired for Management framework by Intel and is described in the specification (version 2.1) published by Intel and Systemsoft on September 20, 1999.[1] It makes use of several network protocols like Internet Protocol (IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) and of concepts like Globally Unique Identifier (GUID), Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) and Universal Network Device Interface and extends the firmware of the PXE client (the computer to be bootstrapped via PXE) with a set of predefined Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).*

*The term PXE client only refers to the role that the machine takes in the PXE boot process. A PXE client can be a server, desktop, laptop or any other machine that is equipped with PXE boot code.*

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