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I've got netboot set up on my Mac mini, but I can't figure out how to get it to serve my Windows XP iso file. I guess my question can go either way:

How do I get NetBoot on my Mac mini to serve the Windows XP iso over netboot


How do I install Windows as a dual boot on my Mac mini without a working dvd drive?

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migrated from Oct 20 '10 at 6:09

This question came from our site for system and network administrators.!/step13/Build-A-‌​NetBoot-Image-From-A-Bootable-CD/ – Jordan Hudson Oct 20 '10 at 4:47… These should help! :) – user69096 Feb 25 '11 at 5:10
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You don't mention which version of Windows, but I'm guessing Windows 7. There's a nifty little tool to do it with a USB drive here. Requires a Windows PC to make the bootable thumb drive though.

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I've done this using Microsoft's tool, and it works well. – Paul McMillan Oct 20 '10 at 4:57
The question was for XP, but that was a long time ago. Accepting this as the answer as I'd rather install 7 than XP (who wouldn't?) now. – Jordan Hudson Feb 20 '13 at 18:41

Simple Answer you can't use Netboot as it only supports Mac OS X. Easiest way would be to use a USB CD Drive, if you'll be mass deploying it the take a look at Deploy Studio.

But if you're comfortable with Visualization then you can use the remote disc function of mac os x in conjunction with VMware Fusion.

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