Re: Remote reformat/install
there are a few ways to do remote installations
I've been installing windows on servers yesterday and today that are in london, I'm in Oxford, but I'm using an RSA card, that's a special piece of hardware that lets you see what's happening on the screen and control the mouse and keyboard etc.
As far as I know, without specialised hardware there is no way that you could make the computer boot from the CD remotley (by pressing f12 or whatever) and there is no way to enter the install settings (computer name IP address etc).
the only way I can think that you could do this would be to try to generate an unattended installation script, that way your friend could put in the custom CD that you send him and have it boot from this and do the install without him doing anything.
the remote install /network install for Linux just means that the installation media can be remote, or on an FTP server, (so you can go to a machine with just 1 boot CD to install an OS that might be like red hat and has 3 CDs).
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