Yes, a NFS root is (as far as i know!) the only networked drive type
linux can boot of.
(ofcource any variation of local storage can be used, but then PXE is
not realy needed ;-)
For PXE documentation, check out /usr/share/doc/pxe-.... (atleast thats
on a redhat box), and for NFS-ROOT documentation check out
What i found to work well for testing is to build a nfs-root kernel,
which i booted from HD for testing, with the nfsroot/dhcp command's
appended on the lilo line.. when that works, try to move it to PXE
Also, be carefull with pxe / dhcpd.. the order in which you start up
those servers will determine if it works or not (start dhcpd first, else
pxe will try to take the dhcp port).
Last, get your self a good boot-strapper. The one provided by intel in
the pxe package gave me more headaches then confort, so i switched to
For more info on config files etc, check out this piece JMZ wrote:
>I'm new to linux.I'm trying network booting of linux
>system.System Conf.(intel 815 chipset ,PXE
>In that i'm facing problem with kernel image and it's
>It gives me error as
>kernel panic : unable to mount root fs on 01:00
>Is it necessary to use NFS or is it possible without
>that? Any special specification while creating kernel
>image and filesystem?
>If any body can tell me any doc available on net,i'll
>be very thankful.
>Thanks in Advance..
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