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Disk Image Creation and Transfer Mechanism for Remotely Booting From a Diskette

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016311D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism for transferring the contents of a diskette to a server using a web browser. The problem is providing a system administrator the ability to remotely boot a server from a diskette, which may be done for diagnostic or recovery purposes. The technical challenge is to make remote booting from a diskette as straightforward as booting from a diskette would be if the administrator were seated at the server console. An image of the diskette must be created and transferred to the server while hiding the details of the process from the administrator. The only application at the administrator’s disposal is a web browser, which is his interface to the service processor on the server. Internet San Francisco St. Louis