Hey 'c r i s p y',
Thanksgiving was quite a long, stuffing ordeal. Just got home and saw your reply.
Yes. Actually there are several alternatives out there to incorporate diskless booting to an MS Domain/NIS or IP or Peer network. Most of the solution I've seen are quite expensive, I believe $5,000.00 to $25,000.00 per site seats? Granted Symantec Ghost imaging is less expensive on the low end requirement (and has it's limitations). But who the hell wants to ghost a new system? When you can network boot a new workstation or server anywhere in the world without a floppy, USB device, or cdrom based for any standard or non-standard hardware config.
There *WAS* an open source product developed by two swiss students that could work with any operating system as long as you were willing to modify it yourself (not selling it for profit) and communicate with other users in the forum and inform them of what actions to take to overcome undocument issues with Unix/Dos/Windows/Mac boot environments. Unfortunately, helping ended up being quite non-productive because everyone had questions, but no one reciprocated any common courtesy to reply to those that helped them. So I gave up helping people with their Windows 2003,2000,NT4.0, Cisco and other OS problems. They just didn't listen or care. lots of foriegners also frequented the forum. It was hilarious some of the question they had. But, it's all good.
Now the product is owned by a swiss business. Is no longer free and very expensive and if you don't have the source from the original project you are stuck with the status quo (Microsoft, Symantec or them). Personally I enjoy building any system or working on any system anywhere in the world by simple commands at my finger tips. Sending magic packets to WOL compliant systems and building away.
"i.e. breaking the rules... NO LIMITS"
Anyway, if you are looking for something... I can tell you were to go. Email or your choice.