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I have tried the following boot.ini and I get the choices during startup and when I choose XP Pro, it boots just fine. However when I choose Server 2003, nothing happens. Any ideas? Below is my current boot.ini configuration.

Thanks in advance! :)




[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Server 2003" /fastdetect


Yes, the os's are on seperate Hard Drives. Is the problem with the switches?
I'm stumped on this one.
 

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Why would you need to dual boot between windows 2003 and XP in the first place?
 

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Millsy said:
Why would you need to dual boot between windows 2003 and XP in the first place?
I'm working on my MCSA. I have a small Domain set up at home. XP Pro is for my personal machine. (Server 2003 is on the second HDD in that machine) and two other XP Pro machines comprise my Domain. The two clients are seperate machines.
 

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There are 2 better solutions than to dual boot


1) Use 2k3 exclusively (my choice) I've been using my student copy since it came out of beta (and RC1 before that) If XP can do it, 2k3 can do it.

2) Virtual PC. Emulating another (even more than 1 at the same time) PC on your own computer. It's the best choice for doing stupid things, as there is nothing you can possibly do to mess up your own hardware, and to backup a system is as simple as copying a file. It can do everything but hardware acceleration.

I have a great aversion to rebooting my computer, I don't like to do it out of principle, I use to dual boot Windows 98 and Windows 2000 back in the day, but once I switched to Windows 2003, I never looked back (I skipped XP completely)
 

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My suggestion would be Virtual PC as long as you have adequate resources to run both of them smoothly. Not to mention with virtual PC you'll be able to just bang up the OS as much as you want without worrying about any of the repercussions. And on a side not if you're interested in expanding your enterprise and server abilities there is a Computer Associates hosted event that touches on IT admin and enterprise stuff. Just a FYI, check it out here www.ca.com/caworld/
 

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My suggestion would be Virtual PC as long as you have adequate resources to run both of them smoothly. Not to mention with virtual PC you'll be able to just bang up the OS as much as you want without worrying about any of the repercussions. And on a side not if you're interested in expanding your enterprise and server abilities there is a Computer Associates hosted event that touches on IT admin and enterprise stuff. Just a FYI, check it out here www.ca.com/caworld/xxx

Thanks eifg,

Good info. I do happen to have 10, yes count em' 10 licenses for Virtual PC...
Gotta love that Microsoft Action Pack Subscription... Butwhat will I do with the other two brand new PC's? Use em' for book ends? :4-dontkno
 

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I have tried the following boot.ini and I get the choices during startup and when I choose XP Pro, it boots just fine. However when I choose Server 2003, nothing happens. Any ideas? Below is my current boot.ini configuration.

Thanks in advance! :)




[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Server 2003" /fastdetect


Yes, the os's are on seperate Hard Drives. Is the problem with the switches?
I'm stumped on this one.


Change to this and see boss..:smile:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Server 2003" /fastdetect
 
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