Booting FreeBSD over network or serial links?

iv gan devif0 at
Thu Aug 25 09:49:06 GMT 2005

If your don't have pxe on your motherboard try the Etherboot.


On 8/25/05, Glenn Dawson <glenn at> wrote:
> At 05:54 PM 8/24/2005, Sarath Kamisetty wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I have two PCs, one with linux installed and another one is a old PC.
> >I would like use my linux pc to make modifications to freebsd code
> >base and then test it on my old PC. After compiling freebsd image on
> >my linux pc, how do I boot this image on my old PC ? Is there a cost
> >effective way of doing this without using floppies or CDs which is
> >time consuming ? Can I run some special image on my old PC to let it
> >fetch the newly compiled image everytime ?? Does anyone have this kind
> >of setup ? Can I setup a console server for cheap and acheive this ?
> >Please share your thoughts on this.
> If you have an intel NIC which supports PXE, you can boot the machine
> from a kernel that's on another machine and shared by NFS or
> tftp.  Take a look at the man page for pxeboot(8), as well as the
> development(7) man page for some good info.
> -Glenn
> >Thanks,
> >Sarath
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