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Last week I managed to get a copy of AppleShare Server 3.0. This version has the ability to remote boot an Apple IIgs or IIe with a Workstation Card. I installed it onto my Macintosh Classic with 4mb of RAM running System 7.0.1.

The install process was not entirely smooth. The server software installed without a hitch. The included "Apple II Setup" v2.2 disk did not want to play nice. Luckily Apple has version 3.0 on their Older Software Downloads page. It is included on the seventh disk of GS/OS 6.0.1. The IIgs install was a little bit trickier. I did not have authentic 800k SSDD 3.5" disks. Using the ol' "tape over the upper left corner hole" trick I converted 1.4mb DSDD disks. During the install process on the IIgs I kept getting "I/O Error" messages. Persistence paid off though. I reformatted the disk images and eventually got them to work completely. I now have a IIgs connected to a Macintosh Classic with a serial cable that boots over AppleShare. What advantages does this have? Well I don't have to spend over $100 on a SCSI or CF card to access the library of IIgs software. It also reduces the amount of wear and tear on the physical boot disks.

The whole process has been documented on my flickr account. All the technical information on how to do this can be found at

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Comment by macdownunder on April 4, 2009 at 5:16pm
Congrats Ken. Who said the iMac was the first Apple product to have netboot!

I've had both Appleshare 2.0 and 3.0 running netboot at various times. As you mentioned, installing the Apple II components onto Appleshare does require a little fiddling.

If you've got an Apple Workstation Card and a //e you can do the same thing for Prodos 8.

One day when I get time, I need to work out how my PROM cards work and make a IIgs and //e netboot PROM - that way, no need for floppies at all!




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