Aug 112010
 

Hi all…

I’ll put this in the handbook when I get around to updating that… but in short, those who need to be able to netboot SGI systems from a Windows host, might wish to give tftpd32 a try.  I’ve been tinkering with this TFTP server in order to load some ARM-based devices (Ka-Ro TX27s using RedBoot).  I find this server daemon is inconsistent with its loading speed when transferring files to a TX27 (sometimes speed is good; around 1MB/sec, other times it crawls at 3KB/sec), however experimenting with it in a VirtualBox VM running Windows 2000, it works flawlessly for netbooting the SGI O2 I have here.

Below is a screenshot of the settings used.  A Linux or Unix-based TFTP server would be better if that can be organised, but for those who have no option, this may be a viable alternative.

TFTPD32 Configuration, tested with an SGI O2

TFTPD32 Configuration, tested with an SGI O2