How to Bytemark

Network boot environment

You can use our console to boot your Cloud Servers or Dedicated Servers into a special network environment.

This environment lets you access your server even if it’s really broken, or “down”.

How it works

Our Dedicated Servers will offer to network boot before they try their hard drives. After power-cycled the server from the console, you should see the following on the video or serial line within 30 seconds (Premium Dedicated Servers will take minutes):

Network boot screenshot

Ignore this for 10 seconds or just press enter, your server will boot normally. To start the network boot environment instead, just type:

netboot

The screen will prompt you to press Ctrl+F then a digit for further instructions on rescue and reinstall options.

Cloud Servers do not automatically enter the network boot menu, but instead prompt you to enter Ctrl+n during the boot process. Doing so will display the boot menu as above.

If you’re not sure what to do next we’d recommend looking at how to rescue your server or how to reinstall for further instructions.

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