USB boot support, as it pertains to systems deployment solutions, is the ability to create bootable media for use in provisioning new systems. This can be key for remote systems with no servers or poor network connectivity. Simply send them a DVD, removable hard drive or USB memory stick and avoid the network demands the process normally requires. It is often employed as a feature that is very similar to that of its PXE (or embedded partition) methods in loading what is necessary to prepare the system– then, instead of going to the network for the installation media or drive image, it instead pulls such from the same removable media as a local file.
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