Site home page
(news and notices)

Get alerts when Linktionary is updated

Book updates and addendums

Get info about the Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunicatons, 3rd edition (2001)

Download the electronic version of the Encyclopedia of Networking, 2nd edition (1996). It's free!

Contribute to this site

Electronic licensing info



Diskless Workstations

Related Entries    Web Links    New/Updated Information

Search Linktionary (powered by FreeFind)

Note: Many topics at this site are reduced versions of the text in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications." Search results will not be as extensive as a search of the book's CD-ROM.

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.

Copyright (c) 2001 Tom Sheldon and Big Sur Multimedia.
All rights reserved under Pan American and International copyright conventions.