The When, What, Why and How of Pre-OS

The issue of the high total cost of ownership (TCO) of PCs in a corporate environment is well understood by the IT community today. The main question now is: What is the best solution for the TCO problem? There are many products available that help address this issue, ranging from simple, low-cost, single-task "tools" to costly, complex, multiple-task client management products.

This site discusses pre-OS (also referred to as "preboot"), which can be another weapon in the IT manager's arsenal for tackling the TCO problem. Pre-OS is not a tool that performs specific tasks, but rather a framework that can be used to centrally deploy various client management tools. This paper addresses pre-OS as it pertains to network booting.

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