[Grml] Network booting, Terminal Server or PXE

Michael Gebetsroither gebi at sbox.tugraz.at
Fri Jul 24 19:44:02 CEST 2009

T o n g wrote:
Hi Tong,

> Just out of curiosity, how do you compare Terminal Server and PXE?

Terminal Server is the project to boot GRML over network.
PXE is the used technology to get the kernel/initrd running on the other
host (PXE == pre boot execution environment).

> I knew the term "Terminal Server" when I knew grml, and only within the 
> grml community. The outside world seems to be interested in PXE instead.
> So I like to know the reason behind why grml chose Terminal Server over 
> PXE. 

Every terminalserver projekt out there uses PXE as the underlying
technology to boot over the network.

> Here are the homeworks I've done:
> The only "Terminal Server" I found on the web seems to related with 
> http://knoppix.manty.net/
> http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/KNOPPIX_Terminal_Server
> But the original author of the wiki document, Rjent, has moved his 
> efforts to working on something else.
> PXE is backed by Intel and is part of Intels(tm) Wired for Management 
> (WfM)
> http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/PXE_FAQ
> The Linux Magazine has written a good article about 'Network Booting'
> http://www.linux-mag.com/id/1179
> Tim Kientzle
> Tuesday, October 15th, 2002
> in which Tim recommended PXE.
> Thanks
> PS. For those PC that has Network booting built-in capability in ROM, are 
> they booting PXE or Terminal Server or something else?
> PPS. The reason that I'm asking, its very easy to test PXE booting in 
> KVM...

The most prominent Terminalserver projekt with linux is LTSP (linux
terminalserver project, http://www.ltsp.org/)

And thats where all similar projects got there name from, afaik.


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