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3. Tweak Your Desktop > 31. Network Boot Knoppix

Network Boot Knoppix

Use the Knoppix Terminal Server to boot multiple netboot-capable machines off of a single Knoppix CD.

Booting Knoppix off of a CD-ROM works fine for most normal uses. However, if you want to boot from a machine without a CD-ROM, or if you want to have Knoppix running on 20 different machines all at the same time, you might find it is easier to take advantage of the terminal server that is included with Knoppix.

With a terminal server started on a Knoppix CD, any netboot-capable machine can boot over the network from that original Knoppix machine, get the same desktop environment, and run the same applications as if it booted directly from the CD-ROM. As mentioned in detail in [Distribute the Load with ClusterKnoppix], a netboot-capable machine is a machine that supports either Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) or etherboot, and can download bootstrapping code over the network from a properly configured server. Almost every new computer has support for PXE. To see if your machine supports PXE, look for "Booting from NIC” or PXE in the BIOS. On many modern computers, you can hit F12 at boot time to see a list of booting options, and if PXE is supported, you should see a reference to booting from the network card.


  

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