OS X or Window 10 network boot


#1

Has anyone been able to create an OS X (El Capitan) or Windows 10 network boot from a My Cloud (single 4 TB, gen 2 in my case)? I was hoping to have several OS images installed on the NAS and boot from them.

I’ve tested the device at ~40 Mbps using 1000baseT (NAS, switch, CAT5e) which is better than USB 2.0 or SATA II devices (~33 Mbps).

Thanks.


#2

Hello,

I have no tried this, but it would be interesting to see if someone has got this working, lets see if another user can share some tips or information on this matter.


#3

Someone alluded to it in the following post:

https://community.wd.com/t/hardware-hacking/92736/5

There is some talk about setting up a server for PXE network booting on Debian using TFTP and DHCP. However the Debain version the v4.x firmware version My Cloud’s use is a non standard version using 64K page file. Doing an apt-get on a v4.x firmware My Clouds tends to cause all sorts of problems up to and including bricking the My Cloud.

https://debian-administration.org/article/478/Setting_up_a_server_for_PXE_network_booting

If one dumps the Debain OS and uses something else like DSM they might be able to run a PXE server to allow for network booting.

https://community.wd.com/t/synology-os-on-wd-my-cloud-new-hope/95650

https://community.wd.com/t/clean-os-debian-openmediavault-and-other-firmwares/93714