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====== AoE - ATA over Ethernet ====== Classic/"normal" Operating systems, like: * many Linux releases * DOS * Windows 1.0 - 3.11 * Windows 9x ...just need the Interrupt 13 to run and to do file operations, such as: * loading Operating system components and booting the Operating System itself * writing log files * reading settings * loading drivers * ... So, the EtherBoot currently supported protocols: * TFTP * FSP * NFS * HTTP provide a certain environment level, which is adequate and sufficient to boot the operating systems mentioned above. \\ New Operating systems, like Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003 require a more in-depth hard disk environment. In contrast to the default EtherBoot supported protocols the ATA over Ethernet specification additionally provides/emulates all necessary components for Operating Systems which require an in-depth hard disk / hard disk controller environment[...] ====== Chart / Diagram ====== <file>Directory or hard disk (or hard disk image) containg an installed Operating System</file> | <file>AoE Server</file> |\\ |\\ | <= network connection\\ |\\ | <file>Client</file> | <file>EtherBoot binary with AoE support</file> | <file>Boot priority set to "EtherBoot" in the BIOS setup menu</file> | <file>EtherBoot with AoE support will be used as boot device</file> | <file>EtherBoot with AoE support provides in-depth hard disk environment and loads the Operating System from the harddisk from the AoE Server.</file> ====== AoE server applications for Linux/Unix ====== ====== AoE server applications for Windows/DOS ====== ...article will be continued ====== AoE state of development in EtherBoot ====== zpxe files have been handed out to demonstrate successful AoE boot. [[|A RTL8139.zpxe demo file]] has been published by Michael Brown. A [[|prebuilt Fedora 5 hard disk image]] can also be downloaded. To get you started, retrieve those files (you will need a RTL8139 card in the client). Setup DHCP reasonably (so the .zpxe file will be loaded). Download [[|the virtual hard drive blade server]] (or use a real AoE capable drive, of course). Running<file>vbladed 0 0 eth0 aoedemo.img</file> you should be able to boot the client into Fedora. This is proof-of-concept only, and the code is only in developer codetree yet.

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