Booting is the initial set of operations that a computer system performs when electrical power is switched on. The process begins when a computer that has been turned off is re-energized, and ends when the computer is ready to perform its normal operations.

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Windows 2008 R2 Boot-from-SAN Migration Methods?

We are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise on a Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade server that is diskless. Currently, we are going through a EMC SAN lifecycle/upgrade. I need to perform this migration ...
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How to boot from a secondary device via SSH? [on hold]

I am using Putty and after my HDD failed, I attached a new HDD as my primary and placed the failed HDD as my secondary. I want to access some files from the secondary but imaging it creates a file ...
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How to prevent rescue image generation under /boot on CentOS7?

I had my hoster install CentOS 7 on a dedicated server I lease, and unfortunately their default kickstarter config created a boot partition of a measly 100MiB, which is too small to hold even two ...
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Single user mode boot stuck

I have an old Ubuntu box with an unknown root password. It boots fine in regular mode, but it gets stuck when booting to single user mode: For searchability, the last few lines are: Begin: Running ...
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Freshly installed CentOS does not boot from Dell's Perc H700 RAID

Installed a fresh CentOS 5.10 installation on RAID5 provided by Perc H700 Integrated RAID, however the system fails to boot. Checked the system via recovery CD, and noticed that CentOS 5.10 now uses ...
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How can I restore bios boot points in a Asus G750JS? [migrated]

I think I really screwed my laptop: I deleted the boot points and even the possibility of "add new boot option" in the BIOS (American Megatrends 207). Now it doesn't recognize not the HDD and not even ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 hangs at “[2.688088] Switched to clocksource tsc” (Intel Pentium 4) [migrated]

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on a Pentium 4 machine but booting the System hangs at: [2.688088] Switched to clocksource tsc I've tried all the GRUB kernel bootoptions listed in this post: ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 with Mirrored Disk Booting to Black Screen

I've got a Windows Server 2008 R2 device with 2 disks formatted as Dynamic Mirrored disks booting to a black screen. Upon booting the machine goes through the standard checks and then gets stuck at a ...
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/boot partition filled - updates will not complete

my last update failed because /boot did not have room for the new kernel (or so I guess). Can I safely use rm to blow away the old vmlinuz.*-generic? Thanks
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Linux xen directly boot windows domu?

I have the following situation: got a new notebook with Windows7 pre-installed (sda1 with boot partition, actual OS in sda2), one physical disk (sda) created an extended partition (sda3), inside ...
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Auto starting rc at startup

So here are the steps i am following . So i add a conf file inside /etc/init.d/myconffile And then to get System start/stop links i have to use the command sudo update-rc.d myconffile defaults 99 ...
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Upgrade key not present?

I have a DELL PowerEdge R520. On boot, just after loading the RAID Controller, I get a weird message: "Upgrade Key Missing! An upgrade key was present on a previous power cycle, but it is not ...
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How to access a system with write permission after file system check fails?

I created three new partitions, but after a reboot, the system is being dropped to a shell: /dev/mapper/group-newpartition: clean, 11/655360 files, 276620/2621440 blocks [FAILED] An error occurred ...
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Can PXE boot of Hyper-V VMs be disabled?

Hyper-V virtual machines have the ability to PXE boot. Obviously, PXE boot raises some security concerns. The problem is, unlike a typical physical machine's firmware, there isn't an obvious way to ...
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Dynamic dependencies in systemd

I am trying to figure out how to specify dynamic dependencies for systemd that are specific to the current instance@. In the [Service] section I can use EnvironmentFile= to load in variables using the ...
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Boot to CD image over network [closed]

I have multiple diagnostics CDs that I want to avoid making twenty copies of for the sake of time and convenience. I figured a good way to do this would be to boot an image of the necessary CD over ...
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How to set systemd service dependencies?

During CentOS 7 system boot nginx start fails with the following error: 2014/08/04 17:27:34 [emerg] 790#0: bind() to a.b.c.d:443 failed (99: Cannot assign requested address) I suspect this is ...
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'Boot' folder was accidentally deleted from WinServer 2008 R1

Unfortunately, the 'Boot' folder in Windows Server 2008 R1 (not R2!) has been erroneously deleted. Now I'm seeng a message that Windows can't be started. Fortunately, I have a copy of the whole disk ...
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How to debug why systemd is idling and is not going on with the boot process?

I am trying to create a PV instance for AWS EC2. The template VM is based on CentOS 7, which is using systemd. The disk layout is two partitions: /boot (/dev/xvda1) and LVM2 (/dev/xvda2). The root ...
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FreeBSD 10 won't boot to ZFS root after power failure

While installing new hardware today, I involuntarily disconnected the power to one of our servers. This server is running FreeBSD 10 with Root-on-ZFS as offered by the installer. It has a total of 36 ...
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Is it safe to reboot a server open to the internet?

Specifically I have an iptables ruleset defined on a server running CentOS. Am I guaranteed / can I guarantee / how can I guarantee that when networking comes online (either at machine boot, or after ...
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Verify architecture of kernel file

Note: I am NOT interested in the currently running kernel, but on a kernel that I am going to boot and which is in a file in the filesystem. I am going to boot a new kernel. I have prepared grub.conf ...
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Server won't start. IPMI showing Blue Screen with Ubuntu Linux

I have a remote SuperMicro server that is failing to boot. It's located on a different continent and access is limited. I can get into the BIOS and do whatever I need to, but as it gets through the ...
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Can I PXE-boot a desktop PC into a Hyper-V VM? [closed]

I just started exploring Server 2012, and the Hyper-V features are compelling for my place of business. Here is the question: We have several computers around the facility currently running XP and 7. ...
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Where to install GRUB 2 boot loader?

I have: sda and sdb which partitions is forming mirror RAID md0 md1 md2 md3 During update process, I was prompted where to install GRUB boot loader - on sda, sdb, md's or all together? What ...
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Is there a way to create a “one-time” boot entry in grub?

I have the following issue: I have a small server (Debian based) to which I can connect remotely (VPN/SSH connection). Now I want to change some boot options (in fact I want to migrate my root file ...
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is it possible to run bootp/pxe server using dnsmasq without act as dhcp server

on my network its already exist a router that do dhcp, boot in this network i need to boot a diskless system that use pxe to boot from network, while the pxe server is using dnsmasq to serve O/S, but ...
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DNS Boot Method throuth dnscmd

Through the command line on Windows Server 2008 R2, dnscmd SERVER /Config BootMethod … the source from which the DNS server gets its configuration information (is determined) [→ ...
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Copy EFI partition to new disk in Windows Server 2008 RAID?

I have the following RAID setup ( yes, disk 1 is failing :) ). I need to copy the EFI partition from Disk 1 to the unallocated space in Disk 0, in order to make it bootable. Does Windows provide a ...
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How to wait for network in a batch script when booting on Windows Server?

I'm executing a batch file with TaskScheduler "At system startup" on a Windows Server 2012 in Azure, and I observed that there's no network for 20-60 seconds after the start of the batch. Currently I ...
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EC2 instance with partitions for /boot as ext4 and root / as lvm possible?

I've been playing about with this for a few days now. I haven't managed to find an example of someone running an EC2 instance with the root volume partitioned to have /boot on ext4 (or 3 or 2) and ...
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Grub giving Error 2: Bad file or directory when I try to locate the kernel

I'm trying to boot a VM with grub-legacy and I'm getting a grub prompt. If I run root (hd0,0) it says Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83, but then if I do kernel /TAB it says Error 2: Bad ...
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Did grub updating bring my server down?

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 server. Last night I installed a few updates using apt-get dist-upgrade, including grub, and rebooted. After rebooting, I couldn't boot into Ubuntu. I just get a big flashing ...
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Blank MDT 2013 boot screen on USB Deployment

I am attempting to do refreshes on some machines and on the bootup of a USB drive with a LiteTouch Image I get to the Microsoft Solutions Accelerators screen but I do not get a window for actions. I ...
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sed fix for BusyBox - boot fail unable to mount LVM

BusyBox why u no vi?! Summary: Ubuntu 14.04 Server after upgrade first boot, only boots to BusyBox v1.21.1 initramfs with "gave up waiting for root device" due to missing /dev/mapper/xxx-root as ...
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Bootrec /FIXBOOT vs Bootrec /FIXMBR

According to Microsoft here is what Bootrec /FIXBOOT does: "This option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that's compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7" ...
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VMware ESXi dual / triple boot on a test machine

Has anyone tried to setup a dual or triple boot (ESXi 5.5, Linux, Windows Server 2012R2) machine? This is for an app and controller card testing environment - at the moment we're dual-booting ...
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WANem doesn't boot after install

I'm using WANem live cd (based on knoppix) to perform network bandwidth tests. In order to keep the current configuration, I've installed it on hard disk (using the gui installation tool provided ...
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Windows 2008 Server is not booting from primary mirrored disk

We have a Windows Server 2008 with mirrored disks (RAID 1). Disk 0 & Disk 1. Last week, Disk 0 failed so we replaced that with new one. Completed mirroring from Disk 1 to Disk 0 using Diskpart. ...
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How do I make certain images available when user selects certain boot image? [WDS]

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation that is used for everything under the sun including Network installation services. I would like to have the server offer certain images based upon the ...
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Change “boot VGA” device on Linux

I have two graphics cards (Radeon HD 5750 and Radeon X800 GT/SE), 5750 is in the first PCI-Ex slot, so it's used as the primary graphics card by BIOS and subsequently by grub2, Linux and X server. ...
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First Boot Script for variety of platforms

I'd like to make a firstboot script for CentOS 5/6 and Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/14.04. If possible, I'd like to use one method to trigger this script to run. From what I can tell, this rules out ...
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How do I update the boot environment after software mirroring a Server 2012 R2 OS Volume

I have a single physical server running Windows Server 2012 R2 My original config was a single 240Gb SSD for O/S and two larger spindles for Data storage. On installation, Windows placed 'System ...
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Linux won't boot after install for Dell PowerEdge 2850 in SCSI Mode

I was successfully able to install CentOS 6.5 x86_64 Minimal from CD, and setup software raid during the install steps, after having set the Dell PowerEdge 2850 to SCSI Mode which enabled CentOS to ...
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How long does it take to reboot CentOS 6 server remotely? [closed]

I am renting a dedicated bare metal server running the latest version of CentOS. It's new and I haven't fully configured it. I updated the existing packages and rebooted the machine remotely using # ...
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RHEL boot partition size during auto-installation

We are installing some servers with same RHEL image. During the installation, all but one, have got no problem and had boot partition in size of 250M. The one server, after the installation has ...
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Initrd and Initramfs

I have read about the differences between the two from stackoverflow. But I am still finding it difficult to understand tmpfs and the real advantages of initramfs over initrd. I find that on RedHat ...
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HP Proliant DL380 G3 not booting. Error “1611 fan 7 not present” after changing power supply

I inherited an HP proliant DL380 G3 some years back and it's been working faithfully as a games/web/build server. At some point during the past year where I haven't been using it the power supply ...
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Boot to last VM status on XenServer reboot

I have a Citrix XenServer 6.2 on a non-prod enviroment, which means that could be affected by power outages from time to time. This server has a lot of VMs, some of them are power on and other not. ...
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IBM x3650 will not boot from USB

Hello serverfault community, and thank you in advance for your time. Summary: I have an IBM x3650, which I bought secondhand (eBay). I am trying to install and run VMWare ESXi 5.5 on it via a USB ...