How to use iShareDisk 1.7 to set up a diskless boot system
iShareDisk is a software that allows you to boot multiple computers from a single image file over the network. It supports Windows and Linux operating systems, and various image file formats such as VHD, VDI, IMG, ISO, etc. It also supports VHD raw boot technology, which can improve the data access speed and take advantage of SSD hard drive performance. In this article, we will show you how to use iShareDisk 1.7 to set up a diskless boot system for your computers.
Step 1: Download and install iShareDisk 1.7
You can download iShareDisk 1.7 from this link[^1^]. It is a cracked version that does not require a license key. You can also find other versions of iShareDisk on their official website[^2^], but they may require a license key or have some limitations. After downloading the file, extract it and run the setup.exe file to install iShareDisk 1.7 on your server computer.
Step 2: Create an image file
After installing iShareDisk 1.7, you need to create an image file that contains the operating system and the applications that you want to boot from. You can use any of the supported image file formats, such as VHD, VDI, IMG, ISO, etc. You can also use a physical drive label to create an image file from your existing hard drive. To create an image file, follow these steps:
Open iShareDisk 1.7 and click on the \"Image Manager\" tab.
Click on the \"New\" button and select the type of image file that you want to create.
Specify the name, size, location and other options for your image file.
Click on the \"OK\" button to create your image file.
If you want to edit your image file, you can right-click on it and select \"Edit Image\". You can also mount your image file as a virtual drive and make changes to it using Windows Explorer or other tools.
Step 3: Configure the network settings
Before you can boot your client computers from your image file, you need to configure the network settings on your server computer and your client computers. You need to make sure that your server computer and your client computers are connected to the same local area network (LAN), and that they have valid IP addresses and subnet masks. You also need to enable DHCP, PXE and TFTP services on your server computer using iShareDisk 1.7. To configure the network settings, follow these steps:
Open iShareDisk 1.7 and click on the \"Network Settings\" tab.
Select the network adapter that you want to use for diskless boot.
Check the boxes for \"Enable DHCP\", \"Enable PXE\" and \"Enable TFTP\".
Specify the IP range, subnet mask, gateway and DNS for your DHCP service.
Specify the PXE boot menu name and timeout for your PXE service.
Specify the TFTP root directory for your TFTP service.
Click on the \"Apply\" button to save your settings.
Step 4: Assign an image file to a client computer
After creating an image file and configuring the network settings, you need to assign an image file to each client computer that you want to boot from it. You can do this by using the MAC address or the IP address of your client computer. To assign an image file to a client computer, follow these steps:
Open iShareDisk 1.7 and click on the \"Client Manager\" tab.
Click on the \"Add\" button and select \"Add by MAC address\" or \"Add by IP address\".
Type in the MAC address or the IP address of your client computer.
Select the image file that you want to assign to your client computer from the drop-down list.
Click on the \"OK\" button to add your client computer.