[Q] (Slightly OT) KVM Over CAT5 or Other....

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Wed Nov 6 11:38:33 EST 2002

On Wed, 2002-11-06 at 10:32, Robert Edwards wrote:
> If you are worried about hard drive noise (the bit you cut off the reply on 
> your message) as well as heat, vibration, power consumption, susceptibility 
> to failure etc. then netbooting is a definite worthwhile option.

I wouldn't use network booting if I want my machine to work
 - away from my normal network
 - when trying to solve problems with servers crashing
 - when networking gear has died or is misbehaving
 - on an untrusted network

I would use network booting if:
 - all the machines on the network use the same hardware (processor,
motherboard, video card), or can boot the same kernel
 - all the machines are supposed to have the same applications available
 - none of the machines are expected to leave the network
 - I trust that the server will not break

For my own purposes, it's better to have hard drives susceptible to
failure in three desktop machines, than to rely on the CPU fan in the
server in the closet.  When I get worried about heat and vibration, I'll
invest in a CF disk to boot from.  I just can't reconcile the voluntary
migration to one single common point of failure.

I guess it's a matter of horses for courses.

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