Windows C: drive on a network share?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Gullible Jones, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

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    On Linux, you can have setups where a computer boots via PXE, or from a minimal boot partition; and the initramfs then mounts an NFS share as the root partition.

    Is anything like this possible on Windows? i.e. boot from a minimal system partition, or maybe WinPe via PXE; and then mount the C: drive and whatnot from CIFS network shares? I've been Googling around, but not found anything on it yet.
     
  2. Brummelchen

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  3. Gullible Jones

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    Thanks @Brummelchen.

    I was basically thinking "virtual thin clients." Or maybe "streaming Windows as a local network service." i.e. have Virtualbox or such boot Windows 7 off a network share. Handle the processing and user data locally; but keep the actual OS (and a big chunk of disk I/O) on one server.

    Mind, when one starts thinking up crazy solutions like this, it might just be time to upgrade...

    Edit: and yeah, remote desktop would be nice. Problem is
    - RDP is iffy, and only available on pro/business versions of Windows
    - VNC is stupid and can't stream audio
    - VNC over SSH is slow and can't stream audio

    NX might work, but last I checked it looked pretty limited too.

    (And I honestly don't understand what's so hard about one-way audio over a remote desktop connection. How is it any different from a live podcast, or other streaming audio?)
     
  4. Brummelchen

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    not sure what you try to achieve. in times with ssd or smart cards in combination with nuc or similar i would go that way with win embedded environment. my knowledge about thins is limited, sorry.
     
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