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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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 20-40 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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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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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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How to remove the pause during JBoss 5.1.0 GA boot between ProfileServiceBootstrap and AnnotationCreator?

I've managed to strip down my JBoss profile enough that it boots in 1.5 minutes. I started with the web profile and started pulling out stuff I didn't need. The bulk of my boot time can be seen here: ...
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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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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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Poweredge 1950 III hangs on boot

I have a Dell Poweredge 1950 3'rd generation server that hangs on boot. More specifically, it hangs on this image: The server has worked fine until recently. The status display reports no errors ...
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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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Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image

Asked this in stackoverflow but they recommended I post this here: Here is the situation I am in: I currently have a Windows drive that boots XP. The BIOS does not support PXE booting so this is out ...
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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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Boot to remote desktop

I'm trying to find out what existing options there are out there to boot a machine into a remote desktop (RDP). Ideally the user would have a USB key and just plug it into the machine and boot via it ...
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Attaching SATA device disturbs boot order

I'm running a Supermicro X7DCA board in a NAS server. Whenever I plug in a sata disk the boot sequence goes out of order. This is a problem, because it is running headless. I've had this problem ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 13.10 - How to disable LVM and cryptsetup? cryptsetup: evms_activate is not available

I am trying to remove whole drive encryption from my Ubuntu installation. I've run Ubuntu from Live CD, mounted crypt partition and copied it to another partition /dev/sda3. sudo cryptsetup luksOpen ...
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SCO UNIX problem: “Cannot create /var/adm/utmp or /var/adm/utmpx”

Hey everyone, I have an old server that doesn't boot. I don't know the version of unix installed, but I see SCO UNIX. It stops with that error: UX:init: ERROR: Cannot create /var/adm/utmp or ...
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Mount EncFS at boot

am trying to get an EncFS encrypted home to mount at boot without user input (directly, not via ssh). Have tried various solutions (adding a volume entry in pam_mount.conf.xml, various tweaks to ...
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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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Inaccessible_boot_device after installing KB2919355 on Server 2012R2

I have a server 2012r2 machine that I just installed KB2919355 (the mega 800+MB patch recently released for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012). Server is a Dell Poweredge R715. Disks are 2x500GB SAS in ...
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booting FreeBSD 9 from USB stick: boot error

I am trying to boot FreeBSD 9 from a USB stick that I created following the official guidelines: dd if=FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img of=/dev/da0 bs=64k Booting fails with a simple 'boot ...
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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 ...
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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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How much data does Linux read on average boot?

I wonder how much data in total does a freshly installed vanilla Linux system (like 32-bit CentOS 5.10) read in order to get to a virtual console shell prompt? You know, reading all the configuration ...
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Script errors when run by launchd at startup, but not when run in Terminal

I'm attempting to create a RAM disk that loads the previous contents when the system starts up, and every six hours writes the contents to a disk image. Currently, when you run the script from the ...
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Windows 7 installation without boot loader [migrated]

I have a Windows 7 installation that doesn't have a boot loader on the disk. Basically, the story goes; I had two disks on my PC where one of them served as the system disk with Windows 7 installed, ...
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Getting NFS clients to retry mount if NFS server down when client boots

I have an NFS server that several clients mount. I am using the following in my /etc/exports on the server: /content *(rw,no_root_squash) and on the clients in my /etc/fstab I have: ...
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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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Unable to mount the file system from server to client while booting through network

I want a client which loads kernel and file system from the server through network. Till now, On server side, i changed the settings in /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf to get an ip-address to the client. After ...
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Is a bad NFS mount preventing a clean boot?

I'm on Ubuntu server (I think it's 12.04, but not positive) and I basically ran into this problem here Unmount a nfs mount where the nfs server has disappeared The umount command didn't work, so I ...
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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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mdadm Boot Error, incrementally starting raid array Ubuntu SErver 14.04

i build a small Server with Ubuntu 14.04 for Samba, I has one SSD Drive (the ubuntu installation is on it) and 2 3TB SATA Disk, the sata disk are combined to a Raid 1 with mdadm. Now sometimes (no ...
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Windows Server 2012r2 black screen after bootup logo

We had a recent power outtage and our VM hosts went down, today I see that the SQL VM which is running Server 2012r2 boots up, we see the Windows logo and then a black screen. I am unable to ...
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Dell BIOS Update Date

Is there a way to gather information as to when a BIOS on a particular server has been updated? I'm not looking for the BIOS release date, I'm looking for the date in which the bios was actually ...
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Unable to connect to linux server

I tried to connect to my Linux server as root via ssh, and then when it asks me for a password I get this error message : login:status code retuned 0xc00000b5 NT_SATUS_IO_TIMEOUT CIFS VFS:send error ...
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pfsense live cd and boot options

I donwloaded pfsense live cd 2.1.3 and now I want to run pfsense from an usb cdrom drive. It loads a while and than crahses with "unable to mount ..." I know I have to choose boot option 3 in order ...
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What is the recommended size for a linux /boot partition?

What is the recommended size for a linux /boot partition? And is it safe to not have a /boot partition? I see some servers don't have a /boot partition while some servers have a 128M /boot ...
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Boot into operating system after clonezilla backup

I am working on an unattended clonezilla backup project. When the machine (re)boots, clonezilla is booted from USB (first boot device), the backup is being performed, and then the machine is shutdown ...
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Can't boot VM after P2V or ghost - Linux 2.6

I got this old machine that runs on a p2 400 and a Linux Debian 3.1 with kernel 2.6.8 and since it has modified binaries due to internal undocumented changes in the code, migrating off manually isn't ...
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Fedora 11 System - Failed Hard Drive Removed, and Boot gets GRUB Hard Disk Error [closed]

Greetings, I have a machine with a 120GB ATA drive that has what I thought to be non-essential data on it. I also have a 320GB SATA hard drive with the OS/Application/Files (good data I want to ...
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KVM: Machines unbootable after host reboot

Im finding that my KVM guests are unusable after i reboot my host. Specifically, I always get this error: Booting from hard disk Boot failed: not a bootable disk What causes this error? ...
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Can we set ulimit in /etc/sysconfig/init file to apply the value at boot time

I need to have the ulimit value set at the boot time to all my services. I have values set in /etc/sysconfig/limits.conf but these values are not applicable during the boot time and it takes 1024 as ...
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How does virt-install create and persist and secure the boot disk?

Normally when i run virt install, I boot initially from the network, by installing from source, and also including a "--disk" option. The way i do it is described here ( in the "root" of this ...
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Force filesystem check on Ubuntu Server 12.04.4 LTS

My root filesystem has errors. I have made sure that errors will be automatically corrected: root@host1 ~ » grep FSCKFIX /etc/default/rcS FSCKFIX=yes And then forced a filesystem check during ...