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Netbooting Linux on Power

Netbooting Linux on Power uses – same as AIX – the following protocols:

  • BOOTP is an IP protocol that informs a computer of its IP address and where on the network to obtain a boot image.
  • The TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) is used to serve the boot image to the client.

Two basic approaches exist:

  1. AIX NIM server
    • Uses a directed bootp request
    • Does not require you to know the MAC address of the network boot adapter
  2. (Linux) DHCP server
    • Uses a broadcast bootp request
      • DHCP server must support BOOTP protocol
    • Requires you to know the MAC address of the network boot adapter