[Beowulf] Dual Boot in Master and Client

Tim Mattox tmattox at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 16:32:11 PDT 2004

Hi Rajiv,
I would think you could do this with Warewulf.
Just make the BIOS on each node first attempt to boot with PXE,
and upon PXE failure, boot from a locally installed Windows on
the node's hard drive.
To switch from Linux to Windows, turn off the dhcpd server on
the master, and reboot the nodes.  They should then come up
in Windows.
To switch back, you would turn on the dhcpd server on the master,
and then using some "unknown-to-me" windows utility to remotely
reboot the nodes, which should then come back up into Linux via
the PXE+ramdisk booting with Warewulf.

As for making the master dual boot, that is up to your local Linux
guru to configure LILO or Grub for dual boot.  I don't do Windows,
so I can't help you there.

Other Beowulf methods for diskless nodes should also work

----- Original Message -----
From: Rajiv <jrajiv at hclinsys.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 17:13:33 +0530
Subject: [Beowulf] Dual Boot in Master and Client
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Dear All, 
    I would like to have dual boot - Windows and Linux in master and
all clients. In which beowulf package this is possible?

Tim Mattox - tmattox at gmail.com - http://homepage.mac.com/tmattox/

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