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3. The Compaq way

Create the directories for the kernel and file system on your server, mount and copy the files from the Compaq CD. Unpack the file system:

mkdir /exports/T1500 
mkdir /exports/T1500/root 
mkdir /exports/T1500/tftpboot  
mount /cdrom
cp /cdrom/product/vmlinux /exports/T1500/tftpboot
cd /exports/T1500/root
tar xvf /cdrom/product/netboot.tar

Configure DHCP by adding a section like this to your /etc/dhcpd.conf

Change the ethernet address to that of your T1500.

group {
   #little black box
   host box {
         hardware ethernet 00:80:64:10:1d:1c;
     fixed-address box.house;
     option host-name "box";
     server-name "192.168.1.1";
     filename "/exports/T1500/tftpboot/vmlinux";
     option root-path "192.168.1.1:/exports/T1500/root";
     }
   }

Configure a new host in DNS

db.192.168.1.1:
52 in ptr box.
db.house:
   box in a 192.168.1.52

Export the root file system by adding

/exports/T1500/root box(rw,no_root_squash)

to

/etc/exports

Configuring tftp by adding/altering a line to /etc/inetd.conf

tftp dgram udp wait root /usr/sbin/tcpd in.tftpd /exports/T1500/tftpboot

Now restart inetd,dhcpd,nfs and named Select the 'netboot' option on the T1500, and reboot. The T1500 will now boot into something very similar to its normal O/S. You may want to add

exec /nor/Xbin/xterm &

as the penultimate line in

/exports/T1500/root/root/.xinitrc

and then logout and back in again, to get an xterm.