Booting Apple Macs

Sebastian Hagedorn Hagedorn at
Tue Nov 6 22:10:44 UTC 2007

-- Bill Moseley <moseley at> is rumored to have mumbled on 6. 
November 2007 13:56:36 -0800 regarding Booting Apple Macs:

> I've been trying to remote boot Apple Macs and could see with
> Wireshark that the macs were getting what seemed like the correct DHCP
> responses, but never then fetching the file with TFTP.
> The Apple's Open Firmware would time out with:
>    BOOTP/BSDP failed: no FILENAME specified can't open: enet:0
> even though I could see with Wireshark a File Name returned in the
> DHCP responses.

AFAIK the file name is far from being enough. As you can see, Apple doesn't 
use DHCP, it uses a variant of BOOTP that they call BSDP. Check out this 


I think with that recipe it should work, but I've never tried it myself.
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