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  1. The servers come with 2 hard disks, 74 gigs each. I inherited them from another user who was running Linux on them, and he did not provide me with any documentation or info about the servers. I checked the bootup process and the BIOS for any RAID controllers but didn't find anything. I did do a deletion, creation and format of the partitions on the disks. Right now for this particular server, only C: has been created, with the rest of the disk spaced unpartitioned, but the boot issue persists.
  2. I am installing W2k8 on a Hp Proliant DL140. I have about 30 of these servers which were previously used to run Linux. My previous booting problem with these servers was when I tried deploying W2k3 images using WDS on them for the first time, and after deployment, it would still try to load GRUB. I only managed to resolve this by running the repair console, and using FIXMBR and FIXBOOT before I was able to boot to the W2k3 image successfully. However this does not seem to be a permanent solution as I have to FIXMBR and FIXBOOT each time after I redeploy an image onto any server which I ha
  3. Hi I am trying to install WS2008 Enterprise on a server which had a history of boot problems which I have posted previously in these forums when I was trying to deploy WS2003 using WDS: http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=471 Each time I redeploy W2k3 using WDS onto a server, I have to run the Repair console from the CD after deployment, run FIXMBR and FIXBOOT beforeI am able to boot to the newly deployed W2k3 image. However, an installation from scratch using the CD would boot normally. This time, I ran W2k8 installation from the CD on to the same server (de
  4. No I didn't. Thing is, how do I run diskpart if I don't boot to the Windows disc and run Recovery Console? Remember that I cannot boot to Windows at all. Once I allow it to boot to hard disk, it tries to boot Grub and hangs. And if I have to run Recovery Console anyway to run diskpart, running fixmbr and fixboot solves the problem. How would diskpart solve the problem? I did try to delete all the partitions, recreating and formatting them during the Deployment process when it prompts me to select the partition to install Windows. But once it boots to disk, Grub appears.
  5. Hi Any I finally managed to get WDS to work. Indeed, the boot loader was the problem. After some googling and testing, here are the steps which I had to go through before successfully getting Windows to boot properly after the first reboot during the deployment process: 1. boot to PXE on the server which I want to deploy my image to 2. run the deployment process to the point where it reboots after copying/expanding setup files 3. boot to CD drive, with W2k3 cd inside, and run Recovery Console 4. run FIXMBR and then FIXBOOT. Running either one without the other doesn't work. 5. reb
  6. Hi Anyweb indeed, during the boot process, while attempting to boot from the hard disk, 'GRUB' actually appears before it hangs. By 'mount', do you mean to remove this hard disk and attaching it to another server physically and checking the contents in the disk? So far, the only clue that I have that windows was already implemented on the hard disk is if i re-ran WDS and deployed on the same hard disk, the setup process prompts me that another copy of Windows have been installed and that the files would be saved under windows.old if I proceeded Also, during the deployment process
  7. Hi I have been working on using WDS to deploy images of W2k3 to my company's servers. I am able to capture the image and boot the client via PXE to connect to the WDS server. All goes well till the point where after the client server reboots after copying setup files from the WDS server. I allow it to boot from the hard drive and it attempts to load the previous OS (Linux) and hangs at that point. After installing and configuring WDS, I copied setupmgr.exe and sysprep.exe, from deploy.cab found in the W2k3R2 SP2 cd, onto c:\sysprep folder, and created a answer file (.inf) on the refere
  8. Hi Any success. I realised I made a major mistake in using /mount rather than /mountrw. *redfaced* I did an imagex /mountrw of image 2, found pid.txt and removed it. Now I am able to choose which drive I want to deploy the image to after selecting the image to be deployed. Thanks for your help!
  9. Hi Any I see the list of images available, but after I choose the one I want and confirm, the next window that pops up says 'Windows could not display the images available for installation'. The only option I have at this point is to click OK and the machine reboots. I do not have the MSDN version of Vista, so I tried to remove pid.txt from the OEM boot.wim. I installed WAIK and ran imagex, mounted boot.wim to a folder and found pid.txt in Sources folder. When I try to delete the file, it gives me an Access is denied error. I looked at the securities properties of the file, it sho
  10. Hi Any Thanks for replying so quickly! The Vista DVD which I obtained the boot.wim file from is an OEM Vista Home Basic x86 disc bundled with some laptop. Is there any restriction on what version of Vista that the boot.wim needs to originate from? Cheers Bing
  11. Hi I am a newbie at using WDS (and no experience in using RIS as well) and I have a rack of old servers to deploy W2k3R2SP2DC edition to. The rack consists of a HP DL380 with an optical drive, and the rest of the servers are HP DL140 with no optical drive. Right now, I have installed OS on DL380, but the other servers still have Linux on them and I would like to wipe them out. To cut the long story short, I used the DL380 as my reference computer, and set up a virtual machine on my laptop running W2k3Enterprise. On the virtual machine is WDS, AD, DNS and DHCP, and I am using it as t
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