[mythtv-users] multiple network boot diskless frontends with seperate configurations?

Brad Benson bbenso1 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 20:03:09 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello all!
>  So I've got two frontends that I would like to network boot with PXE
> as diskless frontends. I've read many a web article on this, but none
> give any information on how to manage multiple clients like this where
> each client is allowed to have it's own separate "settings" so to
> speak.
> has anyone done this? what is the key to setting up multiple diskless
> frontends that all boot from the same server but have separate
> environments?
I went down this same route about 2 years ago.  It was a bit of a pain in
the butt, but I finally got a diskless, netbooting frontend running on a
fedora (6 I think?) system.  After using that for a bit, and pulling out a
little more of my hair each time I needed to upgrade something, I finally
discovered minimyth.  It was originally designed to run on EPIA hardware,
but works great on a lot of hardware now.  It is specifically designed to
run on diskless machines, either netboot or booting from local media (like a
CF card or USB thumbdrive).  It is quite configurable using just the basic
config file and, if that's not enough, you can configure pretty much
anything on the system using the minimyth.pm perl config script.

I would highly recommend giving it a look before spending too much time
trying to build your own diskless system.  If you already have a netboot
server and all the required infrastructure (DHCP, TFTP, etc) setup then it's
fairly trivial to boot up a minimyth image and try it out.  You can find the
files and info at http://www.minimyth.org.

Good luck, hope that helps you out.

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