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Diskless workstations are inexpensive computers without floppy disk drives or hard disk drives. They provide users with network access at a reasonable price, and they offer data security because users can't download data to floppy disks and carry it off-site. Diskless workstations are a consideration for use by temporary employees or installation in unsupervised areas. See "Thin Clients" for the latest information about these types of systems.
When using diskless workstations, you'll need a network interface card that supports the use of a remote boot PROM (programmable read-only memory) chip. Most interface cards have this option, but it's a good idea to make sure. Remote boot PROMs cost are added to cards as an option. The PROM allows the workstation to boot from a boot file located on the network server.
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