Re: Alternatives to DOS bootable imaging

Peter Moreton
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
If you are licensed to use WinPE, then this will solve your issue. WinPE
autodetects most network cards, and starts an IP stack, from whence you can
map a network share and restore a ghost image.

I have created quite a few custom WinPE boot CD's that do exactly this - it
just works really well, so much nicer than DOS boot disks.

BartPE is essentially an unlicensed WinPE.....

"Jonny Block" wrote:

> Thanks for the info, Pat. We've disabled PXE the vast majority of our
> machines because we simply weren't using it and some manager along the
> way decided it was too confusing at boot time for the normal user. Oh
> what a tangled web we weave.
> I've started looking toward the Linux/DOSEmu option also - willing to
> share your details?
> Our standard corporate 'image' is very close to being OS/Updates only at
> this point, which opens up the door to dump Ghost in favor of an
> unattended install scenario. Thanks for the sourceforge input - I'll do
> the research.
> JonnyB
> > Modern machines support booting from the network. When you boot from
> > the network, you can use a "universal" NDIS driver (e.g., the one from
> > on your DOS boot
> > disk. This single DOS driver supports ANY network card, but only when
> > you boot from the network. (It interfaces to the PXE/UNDI stack which
> > the card itself uses to netboot.)
> >
> > One approach is to use the PXELINUX and memdisk utilities from the
> > SYSLINUX package. For a sample system which does this, see
> > <>. This is how I install all of my
> > systems; or rather, how I used to install them, before we switched to
> > using a Linux boot disk and dosemu... But the DOS boot disk is still
> > there, and you can use it as an example for creating your own
> > network-bootable DOS ramdisk.
> >
> > - Pat

Re: Alternatives to DOS bootable imaging