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initial microprogram load

Remote Initial Program Load

Remote Initial Program Load (RIPL or RPL) is a protocol for starting a computer and loading its Operating System from server via a network. Such a server runs a network operating system such as LAN Manager, LAN Server, Windows NT Server and Novell NetWare.

IBM LAN Server enables clients (RIPL-Requesters) to load the operating systems DOS or OS/2 via the 802.2/DLC - protocol from the LAN.

RIPL is almost the same as Preboot Execution Environment (PXE), but it uses the Novell Netware based boot method. It was originally invented by IBM.

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