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As many of your out there have come across the same problem, this series of web pages is being provided to help offer some direction in understanding the present process of net booting some of the new macintosh machines. (Any G3 (blue/white series or later) and iMac (any color series available as of this writing.))

As a side effect of this research, I found it was possible to net boot the entire OS for a newer G3 (or better) or iMac from a Linux Box running DHCP Server, TFTP Server, and the Asun Netatalk. (Information on how this was done is included on this site too.)

This setup is not for the faint of heart, nor is it packaged in a nice RPM (here, but Rob Lineweaver has ported these ISC DHCP v2 patches to ISC's DHCP v3 servers and rolled a binary RPM package for some common linux distros (See the how-to and patches section for where to download patchs and the choices you have in patches.) Note: this does not include the MacOS system, or the other "standard" support packages needed and you will still need to do some work), or DEB format for easy installation. If you want to do this, will need to patch a source tree (DHCP), compile code (like DHCP and others if you need them and cannot find a package for them.) I will try to document the procedure in a step by step format for those that may need it. Did I miss a step? Let me know and I will try to add it to the procedure.

The focus of this web site is to describe what has been possible, explain some of the problems with how Apple chose to implement it for large organizations to use, and describe the products of reverse engineering their netbooting system.

People to thank:

[Designed for use with LYNX!]

[Simple Network Analysis for Mac OS X Net Boot Server]
[ DHCP v 2.0 ]

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