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Boot from hard drive on network?

The title says it all. Is it possible to boot from a hard drive on the network?

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Hi. If you're talking about having an external hard drive somewhere on your network and using that as your boot device in the same fashion as a USB-attached hard drive, then no. However, you can boot a computer using something called BootP, which is short for Bootstrap Protocol. Historically this was used by diskless workstations to obtain an IP address as well as the location of the boot image that the computer would use to boot up. It used to be used in only the *nix world (Unix, Linux, etc.). However, there is also some use in the MS Windows environments, specifically with  diskless media center computers running a Windows operating system.....Hope this helps!

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