Network boot disk
Posted on 2008-10-27
I look after a small organisation with 30 workstations in an SBS 2003 domain. Each of the workstations is new and based around the Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2l motherboards. None have CD or floppy drives.
I need to be able to re-image these workstations on a regular basis. As they don't have an internal CD, they will have to get the image from the network via a network boot floppy. At present, I use an external floppy drive to boot from.
I have Googled for a solution for this but all the popular boot disks require either to include the NIC driver in the boot floppy or to install a known NIC in the PC (which would not be practical in my case)
My problem is that I can not seem to find the needed NIC drivers (Realtek 8111, I think) in a *DOS* format that the boot disk (I am using BD355 from TeleData) requires.
I guess my question is in 2 parts:
* Where can I find the basic DOS driver for this mb? I have searched the Gigabytre site but the only driver I can find is an executable that installs the family of drivers. I can't find just the DOS driver
*Is there a better way to re-image these workstations without too much setup?
Any hints or tips (or URLs) would be greatly appreciated.