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How do you run an operating system via LAN with no HDD?


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#1 The-Blob

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:50 PM

Hi, I was just wondering if there was a way to run an operating system (like XP or something) on a computer but with no Hard Drive. I'm not talking about bootable live CD's, but a way to "stream" it through the LAN.

There is no real need for me to do it, although I have a few computers with failing hard drives and plus I would just like to learn how to do this.

I have seen schools that do this with all their computers, that way they only have to install programs on the main server and it automatically goes to all the student PC's. I have an old computer I use as a server and it would only be serving like one computer OS via network.

How is this possible and how do I set up a system like this? (For free, of course)

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 09:32 PM

Here have a read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:44 PM

Terminal services, ctirix, and all other forms of thin client/server setups are possible. Most use either RDP or their own propritary client to facilitate this. Keep in mind these thin clients are designed just for this and still have software on them but it is coded onto flash memory. using terminal services or RDp via a regular PC still requires a hard drive or other storage device to load an OS or the thin client software.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 10:28 PM

Thanks for trying to help, but I don't have any thin clients, and besides those still have to have some type of drive. :huh:

This one school I went to a while ago, you just hit the power button and it said something about booting from DHCP or whatever and it would take off and load Windows, and if you pulled out the ethernet cord, the whole thing would freeze, and if you plugged it back in it would start running again,

Sure enough, these computers had no drives in them. I know this is possible, somebody has to know how to do this! Come on, smart people! lol :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:08 PM

Well I found some interesting stuff from Microsoft. I havn't used it but it appears to allow what you want. Use PXE to boot via the LAN and "load" and OS. I haven't looked into the requirements but i would guess it will require a version of sever to be deployed one. Below is a link to the info and software.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003...si/default.mspx
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