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greengeek

Joined: 20 Jul 2010
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Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu 20 Sep 2012, 15:47    Post subject:  

Thanks all for the help - I have now been able to modify PupServer 435 to overcome a couple of problems I was having, and have added the ThinSlacko files into the PupServer iso so that it will now offer ThinSlacko via PXE to any device on the network that wants it. This is my first attempt at remastering so I'm keen to hear from others if it works for them:

Download links:

http://www.filefactory.com/file/3o8zxh5y2lqx/n/PS435ThinSlackoPXE_iso

http://www.filefactory.com/file/2kpxx0w56ss9/n/PS435ThinSlackoPXEmd5_txt

(Just be patient and keep scrolling down to the free download buttons, enter the captcha thingy, scroll down again, wait 20 seconds etc - I haven't paid for the premium account so it's not quick...)

The download is 180MB. Heavy, but only because the ThinSlacko files are wrapped inside the Pupserver files. And you only download once - after it's burned to CD the size becomes unimportant. I just wanted the convenience of having an inbuilt bootable PXE OS - rather than having to make people do the conversion and setup separately.

The way I am using it is to use a 10 year old laptop as a NAS - by plugging in a usb stick containing all my files, booting it from CD, starting the Netboot server (in Network menu) and away it goes.

Any PC can access the server folders / files, and if the client PC has "boot from network" set, it will be fed ThinSlacko from the server. Why ThinSlacko? Smallish size, newish kernel, nice clean look, and it works with my hardware.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Mar 2013, 05:17    Post subject:  

I have uploaded a newer version which includes automount of all drives as well as autostart of the PXE server, so just boot from CD and the server PC will automatically be ready to provide the ThinSlacko files to any PC that wants it:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/5ug6zx0vx3pw7zi/PS435mntall_PXE_autostart_thinSlacko.iso
md5 = ecc08000ea09e44c7014e013ba74e97a
(probably an easier site to download from than the filefactory link above)

This assumes that your PCs are connected to a router that issues IP addresses automatically (this is the most common arrangement), but if you dont have such a setup, you can just use a crossover cable to link two PCs together. Just set the server PC to a static IP of something basic like 192.168.1.2 and mask of 255.255.255.0 (ie: after it boots from the PXE CD just run the network connection wizard and set the values you want)
Initially there is no need to worry about the IP address of the receiving PC - it will get it automatically from the PXE server. Then after the receiving PC has booted into ThinSlacko you can disconnect from the PXE server PC and just run the network connection wizard to set up dialup, wireless, PPPoE or wired connection as required.

The full autostart behaviour means you can set a PC to autoboot as soon as the power comes on and it will automatically set itself up to supply ThinSlacko to all other PCs across the network (if needed) and also supply access to all music/photo/archive files etc etc.

Even if you don't need the full server capabilities the PXE function is still a great way to test puppy on any PC that can boot from network. Really handy if you have a PC with no HDD or CD!

(Thanks again to jrb for his fantastic work setting up PupServer 435 which I was able to use as my base)
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