Boot windows from network?

Dan Egli dan at
Wed Oct 28 14:33:24 MDT 2020

On 10/28/2020 9:17 AM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> I've heard of installing Windows by PXE-booting a WinPE image that runs
> the installer.  But I've never heard of running Windows itself through a
> PXE boot, such as is common with diskless Linux setups.
> If I understand you correctly, you want to run your Windows workstations
> similar to what Red Hat used to call "stateless."  Everything boots off
> the same read-only image, with per-workstation temporary files stored
> somewhere else?  User's home directories via Samba perhaps?  If so, I'm
> not really sure Windows is designed to work like that.
> The closest hack I can think of is to PXE-boot Linux, and then use kvm
> to boot Windows from a shared copy-on-write disk image. Sounds slow though.

Basically something like that. It doesn't necessarily have to be RO, but
the main point was that if I had to do things like applying system
updates or installing new software, I did it ONCE and everyone had the
changes. I've asked around and it's beginning to sound like that isn't
possible. Which REALLY sucks, but oh well.

Dan Egli
On my Test server

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