Strange Question... Network Boot
Posted on 2005-05-09
I need to know if there is a way to configure a windows 2000 or XP machine to do a Network Boot upon restart. I AM LOOKING FOR A WAY TO DO THIS WITHOUT A BOOTDISK!!!!
Here is the scenario: I work third shift, there are hundreds of PC's sitting idle at night here in the office. I would like to bring all these desktops up into a SSI cluster using ClusterKnoppix and Chaos. I want to write a script or proggy that will check if the machine is idle (person went home for the day and is not using the machine). Then, if the machine is idle, have it reboot (using a network boot), and reload running Chaos. I will be using ClusterKnoppix as the master node.
Bringing up the cluster now is slow and time consuming because I have to manually boot each machine off the CD (chaos is a 6 meg live version of linux). I want to automate this without having to phyisically mess with each node. I want to put Chaos on a single node, and have each other node automatically do a network boot at a specified time.
In doing so, and not haveing to run around the office, I will be able to grow the power of my cluster from 80 gigahertz to near 500 gigahertz.
Someone Please help me automate the creation of the cluster.