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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Network boot is a mechanism where a device, connected to a network, may connect to a network server and download software to boot the device. In many cases, an operating system may be transmitted across the network and the device may begin operations through software provided by the network server. The server may provision the device with various software applications and may enable the device to begin operations.
"Network boot techniques may enable a device to be configured and operated from a remote location. The server that provides the bootable software and operating system may determine the configuration of executable code and may change the applications and settings each time the device is rebooted."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A secure mechanism for performing a network boot sequence and provisioning a remote device may use a private key of a public key/private key encryption mechanism to generate a command by a server and have the command executed by the device. The command may be used to verify the authenticity of the remote device, and may be used to establish ownership of the device. After authenticity and, in some cases ownership is established, bootable software may be downloaded and executed. The remote device may be provisioned with software applications. One mechanism for performing the initial encrypted commands is through a Trusted Platform Module. In many embodiments, the public key for the initial encrypted communication may be provided through a trusted second channel.
"This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"In the drawings,
"FIG. 1 is a diagram illustration of an embodiment showing a system for network boot with device authentication.
"FIG. 2 is a diagram illustration of an embodiment showing functional elements of a network boot system.
"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustration of an embodiment showing a method for responding to a network boot request."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: McCarron, Christopher; Kurien, Varugis. Client Authentication during Network Boot. Filed
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