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    Installing operating system over the network from an iso file?

    I have a home server (network attached storage) with a bunch of operating systems in iso files. I am just wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to install the operating system onto a computer directly over the network via the iso files so that I dont have to burn CDs?

    Also useful since my carpc doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, so everytime I want to reinstall, I have to dismantle it and plug in a DVD drive.

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    Should be possible. In one of my old jobs I used to have build customized Windows images for different departments of the company. I would run the setup.exe over the network and install that way. The thing is you will need a custom boot disk that will work with your hardware, mainly your nic. It needs to load drivers for your nic, allow you to log into your network, then map a drive to where your disks are located (or at least let you browse to them). I did this using a custom DOS boot disk logging into a Novell network. Because your disks are in iso format you will need to mount them to virtual drives before you can browse them.

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    Is your NAS Linux based? if so, take a look at: http://oss.netfarm.it/guides/pxe.php

    I have no idea if it will work, but heh, it's worth a try eh?
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    Nope, I just recently built a Windows Home Server machine, and all the isos of my operating systems/programs are stored in a network shared folder. The computer backup feature on WHS is pretty neat actually, allows me to restore computers over the network, so I guess that's somewhat what I was looking for. Can't do a full OS install from scratch over the network though, of course.

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    Many Motherboards supports boot over NIC. In english, boot/install via the onboard network adapter.

    For this approach, you need to have a running Windows Server that spreads install images on the local area network. (as to my knowledge, USB WiFi will not work).

    But.. if you have a memory stick available, its probably easier to install via it, than go on about making a image for spread distrobution in Windows.

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