Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

Wednesday 14 Mar 2012

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Topic System Administration

  • Title make your own Cloudboot service @Cloudboot [d 03/07]

Nature Conference


Cloudboot[1] is a service that allows a PC to boot from cloud resources. Users can boot computers into special system or utility via a wired internet connection. This project framework is based on the iPXE[2] and embedded customized scripts to access cloud resources from NCHC[3] or SourceForge mirrors. The embedded scripts convert the firmware image to bind network card and get files from a tftp or http server. Therefore except the files in the boot media, everything is from the server. Just follow the boot menu and you can easily access this cloud boot service, E.g. DRBL(Diskless Remote Boot in Linux)[4], Clonezilla[5], and GParted[6] Live systems. Cloudboot also supports memtest, freedos and several GNU/Linux network installations. Cloudboot has great and easy way to help people use net boot process. Booting from the media and network configuration, select distributions, iso/kernel and mirrors, wait some minutes and enjoy our special system and utilities.

In this presentation, I will deal with the basic information about cloudboot, advanced ipxe script tips and a live demo cloudboot service. After talk, people will learn how to use cloudboot and build their own cloudboot services.

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Language English

Capture Yes

License Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 (CC-BY-SA)



Thomas Tsai [thomas at] Steven Shiau [] Ceasar Sun [] Jazz Wang []


Thomas Tsai is a developer and associate researcher in Free Software Lab at National Center for High-Performance Computing, Taiwan. The Free Software Lab is focused on developing free software that can be used in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC). He wrote partclone which is tool to make partition as image with GPL license. With Steven Hsiau, Ceasar Sun, and Jazz Wang, we developed other free software "DRBL" and "Clonezilla". He is main developer of "Tuxboot" and "PyDRBL", the sub project of DRBL. Member of koha taiwan community, help libraries use the open source library system. Thomas will keep develop free software and promote everyone enjoy GNU/Linux.

All Thomas joined projects: DRBL – Diskless Remote Boot in Linux Clonezilla – A free software disaster recovery, disk cloning and deployment solution. Partclone – Tool to make partition as image with GPL license. PyDRBL – DRBL GUI Tuxboot – The advanced clonezilla_live usb creator modify from Unetbootin KOHA – An open source library system. Cloudboot - Cloudboot is a service that allows a PC to boot from cloud resources.


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