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Diskless boot tools & utilities from AOMEI Technology

Among the many products offered by Chinese company AOMEI Technology, there are a few that stand out because they’re not about disk storage or partitions. On the contrary, these are tools & utilities that help you boot diskless workstations through the network.

One of these is the free PXE Boot software that boots workstations from an image file on the network. Large networks with lots of workstations are impossible to manage if each one has its own disk & individual installation process.

The easy way out is to create a Linux or Windows PE bootable ISO & use a tool like the AOMEI PXE Boot Tool to boot & maintain computers on the LAN. All you have to do is install the PXE Boot on the server, select the ISO & start the service. Set the boot priority on the workstations to Network Boot, & we’re done.

A tool that makes it easy to fix problems when a workstation disk refuses to boot is the AOMEI PE Builder. It creates a bootable environment based on Windows PE without installing AIK/WAIK.

It enables you to boot up your computer on the network & complete recovery tasks & attempt to fix the disk when the native system is corrupted or cannot be used. Unlike the usual bare-bones WinPE environment, this tool has the look & feel of Windows & offers a user-friendly graphic interface. Oh, & it’s free too.

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Another similar tool is the AOMEI OneKey Recovery, also free. If a workstation disk goes belly-up with a “boot failure” or “operating system not found” message, you don’t need to bring out all your software installation disks & spend the whole day reinstalling everything.

Instead, you can use the AOMEI OneKey Recovery to restore the disk to its factory default or a previously backed up state. You can also use it to create backups before something goes wrong. The OneKey Recovery backup can be stored anywhere, including on a secondary disk in the same computer, an external hard drive, or a removable USB flash drive.

AOMEI Technology Co., Ltd., founded in 2009, is located in Chengdu, China. The company offers a range of products, including hard disk partition management tools, backup & restore solutions, & cloud storage management for home & business users.

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Startup Open Strategy offers links to host of biz & strategy tools

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It’s no secret that most of the Online biz need help in the forms of tools & services like social media networks or Content aggregation Sites. Open Strategy does just that – it provided you with an aggregated listing of tools to help you implement strategies & get your job done easily.

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Open Strategy is currently in beta, so you’re bound to see some improvements & additions going forward. For instance, they’re working on creating a mobile version of the Site right now.

Open Strategy was developed by the It’s Not Rocket Science team that includes strategists NYC-based Jonathan Colmenares, London-based strategist Matt Butler, & Paris-based art director Adrien Laurent.

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