OK I had no idea that tftp is included as part of inetd.. oh well I spent 3 hours trying to find it only to find that I have it installed already.
anyway theres a line that needs to be in your inetd.conf .. what I'm including is the line for using the NS1000 with no configuration done on the box. (defaults.. everything is left blank)
tftp dgram udp wait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd in.tftpd /QIBM
then create a directory /QIBM/ProdData/NetworkStation/
and copy the contents of the prodbase directory in the winzip sfx nsmsetup.exe which you can download from http://techsupport.services.ibm.com/dl/nc/priv/netsta-rd_nsm (you may need to create an account to access this.. it's free and requires no real information.) note that this download is 90some MB
At this point, if you've done the 3 requisite steps, your netstation will boot.
1) set up DHCP
2) enable TFTP to the QIBM directory
3) copy the contents of the prodbase directory to the proper path
Note: It will probably help an awful lot if you have xdm set up (speciffically for xdmcp sessions).
The netstation seems REALLY slow when executing even simple things locally.. I'm not very sure why. I don't have xdm set up yet, so as yet all I have done is telnet to my server.. hopefully, I'll be there soon.
An IOpener power supply works great in a pinch.. (just don't try to plug it in) I used too much force and damaged the power connector, then managed to damage something related to the machine switching on when I tried to desolder the connector, so I've got it connected in such a manner as it ignores the power switch and is on when plugged in. If anyone is interested in this very crude hack, let me know. (basically solder ground to ground and 19V to the side of the little 8 pin chip closest to the silkscreen that says 16V )