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IP - IPX Boot Disk 1.7

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By Jon Gerdes, Steve Willis

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Posted: 31 Mar 2003

Heads Up: This free boot disk has received rave reviews during its sojourn over in the Free Tools area, and we thought you'd like to take a look at it. Readers have been calling it "One of the most simple to use and complete NetWare boot disks around," and "Hands down the best boot disk yet." See for yourself.

We have concocted a boot disk which will run up a DOS Client 32 session over IP or IPX. It also has drivers for six different NIC types. Ideal for mixed protocol sites with the usual mish mash of hardware.

Once run up it presents the user with a menu of servers to connect to and operations to perform. We basically use it to "Ghost" PCs to and from servers. If you are using IP, you will want to look at these:

  • Write performance on IP-based NCP connection slower than using IPX-based - TID10061307
  • TCP Delayed Acknowledgement Explanation - TID10068360

After setting this parameter to OFF (note it is "TCP DELAYED ACK" in NW4.x) Ghost writes to the server are significantly faster. On a 10Mb half duplex connection, uploads went from 6MBs-1 to 80MBs-1 which is comparable to an IPX connection. This parameter is only useful over slow eg dial up links and really ought to be defaulted to OFF.

The whole thing is pretty extensible and easy to configure, simply needing some site specific changes.

The zip file includes an image (IMG) file and a copy of rawwritewin to write it to a floppy (a cool tool written by John Newbigin. There's a readme.txt in the root of the disk which lists what changes are needed.


Download this free tool here.

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