Network Booting a Device Running 2XOS


The 2XOS is a proprietary Debian based operating system which can be installed in a standalone mode on Thin Clients or used for network booting. It offers standalone RDP and the ability to connect to a 2X Remote Application Server.

To be able to network boot devices running the 2XOS on the 2X Remote Application Server farm follow the below procedure.

1. Configure Thin Client Support on Gateway

Enable Thin Client support on the gateway as explained in section Configuring Thin Client and 2XOS Support on page .

Note: Unless you will manually configure the DHCP ensure that the option DHCP Proxy is enabled.

2. Choose and Install the Required 2X Operating System(s)

There are 9 flavours of the operating system which can be divided into 3 categories; Generic, Compact and Hypervisor version.

The Generic is the full operating system while the Compact has limited features and should be used on devices with low specifications. The Hypervisor versions are to be used on the specific hypervisors namely VMWare, HyperV and VirtualBox.

The generic and compact versions come in 3 revisions; R3 should be used over Intel, ATI, Nvidia, SiS and  SiS Mirage chipsets. R2 should be used with VIA Chrome9 chipsets. R1 is used for older chipsets such as VIA Unichrome and Geode.

Use the operating sytem that matches the device Chipset. If you do not know which one is available on your device or you selected the wrong one, the OS will report you the correct Revision to use once booted.

Choose and Add the 2XOS

To choose and add a version of 2XOS to the 2X Remote Application Server follow the procedure Making a Version of 2XOS Available for Thin Clients on page . The first added operating system will be the default OS unless         changed.

Configure the Thin Client Group

Also check that the <default> thin client group is configured with Allow permissions and the hardware boot method is set to Network Boot. For more information on thin client groups refer to the section Thin Clients Groups on page .

3. Configure the Device and Boot It

Boot the PC or Thin Client and configure the BIOS setting s so that it does a Network boot. These settings might vary from one device to another. Continue booting up the device and the device information will appear in the Devices page with the current state of the device.

Note: If you plan to network boot multiple devices it is recommended not to boot more than 50 devices together but to configure unattended automatic boot events via the scheduler.