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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Can I move the Windows directory to a different drive?

A client machine running Windows 7 Ultimate wants to add a small SSD drive to speed up some programs and booting. Can I move the \Windows folder to the SSD drive and then set some configuration file ...
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bootmgr is missing - Windows Server 2008 - clean install - no OS on HDD

I am trying to install Windows Server 2008. After an unsuccessful first attempt during which I had option to boot from disc and begin install, my DELL 1425SC started throwing this error: BOOTMGR IS ...
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How can i run shell script at boot (start up)

How can i run shell script every time my system boot ( start up ) in linux (RHEL 5)?
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How to recover from deleted kernel on Solaris 2.6

I suspect that I have delected the kernel in my Solaris 2.6 workstation. I may have deleted /kernel by accident. Now on bootup I get the error "misc/krtld not found". I have the Solaris 2.6 ...
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Trouble loading an ISO

I've created a boot disk and ISO image with paragon. I boot up the Virtual pc with the disk in and I get to my recovery page. When I am supposed to select an ISO image? My Virtual PC doesn't ...
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Kernel upgrade CentOS 5.3 mount: could not find filesystem '/dev/root'

We have a CentOS 5.3 x64 server that by default runs kernel version 2.6.18-164.11.1 and we are attempting to upgrade the box to 2.6.31.12 The drive is LVM +ext3, and the problem I'm having is when I ...
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Redhat not booting on an HP Itanium

I've inherited a number of different systems to administer. One of them is an HP Itanium running a version of Redhat. Today the system died and when I try to reboot selecting RedHat from the EFI ...
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Windows 2008 upgrade hangs on black screen of death; can't boot from media

Over the weekend someone attempted to upgrade Windows Server 2003 to 2008 on one of our machines. Not sure what happened, but it didn't work and now when booting up after the little green bars, the ...
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Benchmark of provisionning delays of various cloud providers

Cloud computing supposedly lets you instantiate on-demand processing power through additional VMs. The allocation process is frequently advertised as fast without further details. My personal ...
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Making HS22 Blades boot Faster

Anyone notice that the HS22 blades take at least 3-4 minutes to get to booting the OS? Is there anything that can be done to get it through the BIOS faster?
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live Boot any linux distro to console

Is there any .iso linux image distro that boots into console and not into x? I just want to run some simple linux commands like ethtool alternatively, I would like any boot cd that let me test the ...
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Ubuntu 6.06: Mounting /root/sda1 /root failed: No such device

An old machine in our office, running Ubuntu 6.06 all of a sudden will not boot up. I get the following info during boot: Uncompressing Linux... Ok Booting the kernel mount: Mounting /root/sda1 /root ...
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Recommended way to disable a service in Debian

Is there a "recommended way" to disable a service in Debian? (Disable = The service is installed but won't start automatically when the machine boots.) I know that you can update-rc.d -f service ...
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How to Clean Up Ubuntu Grub Boot Menu After Upgrades

Recently I have installed Ubuntu 9.10 - the Karmic Koala - released in October 2009 .I upgraded using update manager many times. So each time I update it is adding one menu in boot screen like ...
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Disable CHKDSK without being able to bootup

The system I am working on started to randomly reboot, thinking it was a harddrive error (we've had two machines fail due to this already), I rebooted the computer to run chkdsk. Now the problem is ...
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Rescue Partition setup HOWTO

Could someone point me to a HOWTO on setting up a rescue partition the way it is described here: http://serverfault.com/questions/62976/fsck-root-filesystem-on-a-remote-machine/63007#63007 I'm about ...
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Multiple boot options (in grub boot list) appeared after yum update

I am quite new to Linux administration so I am having trouble understanding yum update and grub boot list. I recently did a yum update on an old CentOS machine. Everything is good except there is ...
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How do I chain boot from grub to syslinux?

I am expanding my rescue usb flash disk. The USB's partition is bootable, and I have installed GRUB to the MBR of the jump drive. It works pretty well - I can boot Freedos and run some utilities,and I ...
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Is it possible for EMI to affect power on?

I have a server that boots fine everyone in the office except for in the room I want to put it in. When I put it in that room it won't even get to the loading Windows screen it simply gets stuck in a ...
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Backing up my data causes my server to crash using Symantec Backup Exec 12, or How I Came to Loathe Irony

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 running Windows Server 2003. It is the primary file server for one of my clients. I have another server also running Windows Server 2003 that acts as the core media ...
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How can I boot from .iso images stored on the harddrive?

I want to put a .iso file of a bootable linux CD on the harddrive of my computer. I want to have it boot using grub (or lilo), and have it boot from the .iso file as if the .iso was a real CD in the ...
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Hyper-V and Dual-booting

I built a machine that dual-boots between Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (both x64, installed on the same RAID array). Is it possible and/or advisable to run the Server 2003 ...
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Custom initrd init script: how to create /dev/initctl

I have a virtual machine (VMM is Xen 3.3) equipped with two IDE HDD's (/dev/hda and /dev/hdb). The root file system is in /dev/hda1, where Scientific Linux 5.4 is installed. /dev/hdb contains an empty ...
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How to fix a Windows installation to be bootable again?

I have a server that had Windows 2000 on the C drive and WIndows 2003 on the D drive with dual-boot. I then formatted C and installed Windows 2008 on that partition, and now when I boot up it boots ...
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Automating installation of multiple windows variants

I posted this on stackoverflow but was told that this is a more appropriate forum for this kind of question. I have a situation where I need to test some stuff (hardware) on multiple operating ...
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boot menu disappeared in Ubuntu after the security updates?

I am using Ubuntu 9.10 for last 2 months along with Vista. It was working fine until the yesterday ubuntu security update. After the installation & reboot, i couldnt boot the ubuntu. In Boot ...
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Boot sequence of JBoss and Oracle

G'day, the recommended SysV startup files for JBoss and Oracle appear to have the wrong sequence. For jboss the community recommends putting # chkconfig: 345 80 20 into the /etc/init.d/jboss ...
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On boot firmware request for intel GMA 3100 chipset timing out

I am currently in the process of installing a Gentoo linux box with a Vanilla 2.6.29-r5 kernel with gentoo-xen-kernel patches in order to run the Xen Hypervisor. After rebooting with the new kernel, ...
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Is it possible to use a VHD for dual boot and VPC?

Using Windows 7 Virtual PC to create a virtual machine, I know you can sysprep the VHD and then you are able to use it to dual boot using the Win7 boot from VHD mode. However can you take that VHD ...
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Centos - Automatically issue a command after rebooting

I need to automatically issue a command on my CentOS 4.8 server after it reboots and/or powers up. Can someone please tell me where I can place this? Is there a configuration file somewhere for this? ...
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Heavy disk usage at Vista boot

This is what happened: I attached an external hard disk via USB Started my Vista machine It took an unusual long time too boot up with lots of hard disk work I eventually logged in Internal system ...
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Booting from RAID5 device

I have an xenserver and I wonder to know if it's possible to boot it from a RAID5 software partition.
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Windows 7: Can you use the same VHD to boot and run virtually?

I have a Windows 7 (host) machine that also has a Windows 7 (guest) VHD configured to dual boot. This is very cool and working great! But... If I'm running the host OS I would like to ALSO be able ...
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Setup Host machine to allow HP G5 to boot different roles

Can anyone point me to online doc/tutorials. On how to setup an test frame enviroment. So that by renaming directories on a host machine I can boot my G5 box to be a IIS server, SQL server, Sendmail ...
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How to configure Apple Power Mac to boot headless (without keyboard or monitor)?

I have a couple of Apple Power Mac G5 machines that I have deployed as servers: they're running GNU+Linux, connected to the world only via an ethernet cable. When I need to restart these machines, ...
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Why is GRUB drive enumeration different before and after boot?

I'm looking at a system with Debian/Lenny on a couple of old IDE PATA drives (several RAID-1 partitions including /boot) and a relatively recently added SATA drive. The system works fine but I've ...
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Scripting during Linux boot: how to test when boot is “complete”?

I've got a script that gets run during boot on a Debian server. It's getting run too early, but I can't control when it's fired off. I can force the script to delay its own run with: sleep 60 ...
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Understanding the Linux boot process, subsystem initialization, & udev rules?

I'm creating UDEV rules for automounting external drives on a headless server, much in the same way as Gnome-VFS does automounting during a user session. I'm concerned with the rule's behavior at ...
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How to load kernel module at startup on FC9?

I need to know how to automatically load a kernel module at startup on FC9. All the sites talk about adding an entry to /etc/modules.conf.... But that does not exist on FC9... Instead I have ...
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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 to boot ISO image using gpxe and memdisk?

I have a repository of an ISO images (many different OS installers in ISO format) under http://myrepos/*.iso. I would like to boot from that repo using gPXE (with/without memdisk if necessary) and ...
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Store Live CD's on HD and Boot from GRUB

I use "Clonezilla" and the "SystemRescueCD" on a lot of servers and I was wondering if there' s a way to copy the ISO files (from the above tools) into a partition (e.g in every server) and modify ...
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Unable to boot an HP DL380 G5 running RHEL

I have an HP DL380 G5 that was in a production network as a database server, with HP StorageWorks 2012fc / MSA 2000 SMB storage. The production system has been brought down and the servers are now in ...
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How to PXE boot if BIOS does not suppport it

Situation: I have an old rack server that I want to use as a test machine. The BIOS does not support network boot, and cannot be upgraded. I need to install a fresh OS on it. Is there anything I can ...
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How to edit Master Boot Record from Windows XP recovery console

How to alter Master Boot Record from Windows XP Recovery Console so that it points at an extended Linux partition instead of a NTFS one it is pointing at now? My MBR used to point at extended ...
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Where can I find evidence Windows USB boot devices are not supported?

I need written documentation, preferably from Microsoft, that installing Windows XP and newer to USB drives would not be possible, even when in a lab environment. I am not trying to install from a ...
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How can I troubleshoot a service not starting at boot?

I've got a service set up to start at boot but it's not doing so and I don't know where to look (e.g. logs) to troubleshoot it. I've verified the run level: $ grep default /etc/inittab ...
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What is a good way to change partition on PC to install new OS?

For the many machines here, sometimes they need have new OS, such as Windows 7, Win7 64-bit, Linux/Ubuntu, or just to install the old OS again in a new partition because the old OS is so clobbered ...
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Ubuntu - dhcp server 'not configured to listen on any interfaces'

I'm at my wits end on this one; I have tried for hours to get this to work, but I'm stumped. Hope one of you can help. :-) I'm trying to get dhcp3-server to work on Ubuntu. It's installed, and ...
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Compaq ProLiant DL580 boot menu?

I want to boot a CD on the given server. It's only booting via network. F10 or F9 on Compaq logo screen doesn't work, neither F1.