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Hello net-gurus.

I am in the quest for ultimate pxe-way of booting and installing OS-es. My idea is to find me a software that would act as a pxe server (along with DHCO and TFTP) and give me an option of serving various boot/install images. I've considered Widows server 2000/3/8, but it's RIS/WDS is only useful for limited number of OS-es and, to my knowledge, no custom-made intalls are possible since it is only deployes WIM-format images, and there are no WIM makong tools.. atleast, none that I could find. I kind of gave up on Windows server option, and I'm looking at the linux counterpart for an answer, but all I could dig up are "diskless boots" and "net-installs"... and it seems to me that linux servers deploy linux only.

My wish is to have a choice of ANY kind of OS on a bootable image. LINUX, XP, Freedos, pc-booter.. Anything that is capable of booting the PC, and have it ready on a single machine that will deploy it over LAN. I don't care if it is windows-based, or linux, or whatever.

Is there any kind of server that can do that?

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As far as I know, it is a 1 GB download that has only vista boot and install images.

I'm looking for something universal. Not OS-specific.

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I'll probbably experiment with it.

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You need the WAIK to make a) custom vlite cds with sp1 integrated etc.... and b) to make WinPE images for custom OEM deployments.

So i assume it can create custom network install images.

As far as I know, TFTP and DHCP on linux can boot prettymuch anything

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You need the WAIK to make a) custom vlite cds with sp1 integrated etc.... and b) to make WinPE images for custom OEM deployments.

So i assume it can create custom network install images.

As far as I know, TFTP and DHCP on linux can boot prettymuch anything

Regarding WAIK, I'll give it a try... but it doesn't look promising to me.

Regarding linux, I know that linux servers can do that, but every refference I came across regarding linux servers, says pretty much the same: "Linux can instal linux". I've never saw any site explaining how can you set a Linux server to deploy windows XP installation CD, for instance. Conflict of interests?

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