How to Use Network Boot Multiple Computers?

Posted by @Catherine

March 4, 2015

Using network boot multiple computers? Have you ever heard of it? If you haven’t, this article will tell you how. If you had, in this article, AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition built-in tool: AOMEI PXE Boot Tool will help you simplify complex steps.

Network boot multiple computers, is it possible?

For common computers users, booting computer usually with CD or hard disk drive or USB drive traditionally. When you see the title, you may ask network boot multiple computers is possible? This question includes two parts: network booting and multiple computers. Let me explain one by one.

In fact, network booting is an old idea. Many network administrators know it. The key of the idea is that the computer has some bootstrap code in non-volatile memory, e.g. a ROM chip, which will allow it to contact a server and obtain system files over a network link. Everything has reasons for its existence. Thanks to network booting, thus reduce the cost of maintaining software on many different machines, without hard disk. Another goal of network booting is to have a system that can be switched between different operating systems without having to reload the software.

Second, how to boot multiple computers via network at the same time? To understand this, you should know another concept: PXE (preboot execution environment). Now that there are several ways computer can boot over a network, one mandated by PC99 is called PXE. PXE is a kind of DHCP extension, so all you need are an up-to-date DHCP server and a TFTP server. A PXE install server allows your client computers to boot and install operating system over the network, without the need of burning ISO images onto a CD/DVD, boot USB images, etc.

Network boot multiple computers with AOMEI PXE Boot Tool

You have learned what PXE is, next should learn how to configure a DHCP server, how to configure a TFTP server that allows you to boot multiple computer via network. When you set up accordingly in the BIOS, will get an IP address from the PXE server and download the necessary boot images. In order for an IP address to be available, the server must offer DHCP. After an IP address is leased, the TFTP server (which can be the same box as the DHCP server) hands out the necessary files to the client, so it can boot them after loading.

Though it may sound complicated, it’s much easier than you imagine. Now AOMEI Backupper Professional’s new utility: AOMEI PXE Boot Tool tool come in handy for ordinary people. It combines DHCP&PXE&TFTP. Let me explain how it is easy to use. The whole process of network boot multiple computers with AOMEI PXE Boot Tool includes two parts.

Download AOMEI Backuppeer Professional, install and run it on one computer as server. Then open AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, set the path of bootable ISO image file, and click “Start Service”.

After clicking “Start Service”, you can see the following interface:

Note: If the information won’t display as the above picture, please check if there were other PXE tool in your computer that use the port so AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can not boot. To solve this, please delete or close the other PXE software.

Now it comes to the second part. Make the option “PXE Network Boot” enable in the client machines. If your motherboard is UEFI. Please select “Legacy boot mode” to boot the computer, then you can boot the image file in the network. Details and some tips please visit:

https://www.backup-utility.com/help/pxe-boot.html

Conclusion

With AOMEI PXE Boot Tool in AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition, network boot multiple computers is not difficult anymore. AOMEI Backupper is a full scale backup and restore. For system maintenance, it is a good choice. AOMEI PXE Boot Tool supports loading the special micro-system, you can create it by AOMEI PE Builder. This is also a freeware. Just as the mission of AOMEI: Optimize System & Optimize Life. We think these freeware will make your life much more easier.