Diskless Remote Boot in Linux (DRBL) is a small piece of software using which you will be able to use your old hardware to remote boot into a central Linux server and perform several tasks with ease. Specially useful for large networks where lots of diskless clients can perform variety of tasks, can also be used at your home for pure learning purpose too.
DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux) is one of its kind of software that uses distributed hardware resources and makes it possible to utilize the local hardware of the clients. It works on RedHat, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora and CentOS. DRBL offers a diskless environment for the client machines and also has a disk partitioning tool called Clonezilla that has similar features to that of Symantec Ghost.
For those interested in understanding how DRBL works, it’s a NFS and NIS server that offers authentication and boot services to the clients. Once clients are authenticated, the DRBL server loads the packages onto the clients and from thereon the clients use their own hardware for further processing of the loaded applications. The client systems must have necessary hardware to run the packages you want them to. A typical application of DRBL would be in a lab or a classroom for teaching Linux1636 Views