Patent Number: 6,763,457

Title: Network station suitable for supplying indicated default values for boot parameters

Abstract: A method for booting a user station in a computer network in which a boot sequence is initiated by retrieving boot parameter information from a remote boot server. If the boot server fails to supply information for at least one boot parameter, it is determined whether a default value may be used for the boot parameter. If a default value may be used, a default value is retrieved from local nonvolatile storage. Each entry in the boot parameter table may include a default indicator for determining whether the default value is used if the boot server fails to supply a value for the associated boot parameter. The boot parameter table may include an override indicator to indicate whether a parameter value retrieved from the boot server is overridden.

Inventors: Aguilar; Maximino (Austin, TX), Limpert; David Roy (Rochester, MN), Plunkett; Mark Earl (Oronoco, MN), Stafford; James Michael (Round Rock, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/445 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 009/24 (); G06F 015/177 ()

Expiration Date: 07/13/2021