Network boot floppy
Posted on 2002-05-21
Hopefully, I have all the information, and remember to post all I have:
I'm trying to make a network bootable floppy using DHCP, since each switch is on it's own subnet and I want to be able to use this anywhere onsite. All I need to do is get to a Win2k server I have access to, and run a batch file. I don't want to run netbeui (sp), since the batch file ghosts the HD - I have a need for speed.
I tried making my own boot floppy, then grabbed one off the web since I'm not as smart as I thought I was. I can get it to work, even tested a few images, but only with a static IP address. It seems that either the DHCP protocol won't route with the OS on the floppy (I assume it's DOS 6.22, ver replies with Network Boot Disk 7.00). Once we image them with Windows 98, DHCP works fine.
The DHCP server is, as I am told, running Cisco Network Register from halfway across the country.
The restrictions are that I don't have access to any switches or routers, and those that do are no overly enthusiastic about helping little old me.
Maybe I should just make a stack of CDs? Use Linux boot disk? Quit my job and learn how to say "You want fries with that?"