Remote Initial Program Load
) is a protocol for starting a computer and loading its Operating System
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.