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Could `rm -rf / --no-preserve-root` mess up the bios?

In order to see approximate speeds for tarballing an entire system, and then restoring that system when if it was foobar'd, I partially cloned one of our primary systems onto a workstation that, while ...
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Force Windows Server 2008 to use legacy BIOS bootloader instead of EFI

We have UEFI servers and have come across a situation where we need to force Windows Server 2008 to boot via the legacy BIOS method instead of through UEFI. Is there a way to tell Windows Server 2008 ...
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UEFI netboot menu

I have an existing PXE syslinux environment and I'd like to set up a similar EFI-based netboot environment. I'm a big fan of the various menus as seen in the screenshot below and I'd like to find ...
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IBM Server takes a long time to boot past UEFI to OS

I have a pair of IBM System x3620 servers. These servers do fine once they finally reach the point where the operating system takes over, but it takes them forever to get past the new-fangled UEFI ...
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How to install Ubuntu Server 12.04 in a Virtualbox VM with UEFI boot enabled [closed]

I have a server which I'd like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on, but I've had some problems and thought it would be nice to get things working in a Virtualbox VM with the same features as the server. I ...
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How to perform a P2V conversion of a Windows Server 2008 R2 EFI system?

As discussed elsewhere, Windows Server 2008/R2 will automatically use the EFI boot loader when installed on EFI systems, and will also automatically use the GPT partitioning scheme on such systems. ...
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How to retrieve Serial Number from Windows on new U/EFI box?

I need to retrieve the hardware serial numbers from a set of new HP mini desktops that need provisioning. This worked in the past using a WSH script to query it via WMI. Unfortunately, the newer ...
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Building uEFI bootable ISO and USB for Windows 7 deployment

I have been trying to build up a window's 7 and 2k8 EFI deployment ISO or USB. But struggling to to even get an ISO to boot from even VMware Workstation EFI implementation. The problem is there is no ...
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Xen only sees 512MB of System RAM. Should be 8GB. (UEFI boot)

I am booting Xen 4.0 from Debian Squeeze, kernel 2.6.32-5-xen-amd64. "xm dmesg" on dom0 shows: Xen-e801 RAM map: 0000000000000000 - 0000000000091400 (usable) 0000000000100000 - 0000000020000000 ...
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PXE architecture: “BC EFI”

RFC 4578 defines various machine architectures for PXE as follows: Type Architecture Name ---- ----------------- 0 Intel x86PC 1 NEC/PC98 2 EFI Itanium 3 DEC Alpha 4 Arc ...
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What do I need to send an Extended DHCPOFFER with multiple boot options?

According to Wikipedia and a bazillion other pages, you can have: Proxy DHCP If a PXE redirection service (Proxy DHCP) receives an extended DHCPDISCOVER, it replies with an extended DHCPOFFER ...
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How do UEFI and virtual machines relate to each other?

I am trying to get my head around UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and it's not entirely clear to me how this affects virtual machines. Thus, there are three parts to this question: Is ...
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CentOS 7 and Hyper-V

I'm trying to install CentOS 7 using Hyper-V and it's failing with the following error message: tsc: Fast TSC calibration failed PCI: Fatal: No config space access function found i8042: No controller ...
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Upgrading Firmware on LSI 9211-4i to IT

I've been trying to get my LSI SAS 9211-4i moved over to IT mode. But I cannot for the life of me get it erased so I can flash the IT firmware to it. I've tried using FreeDOS (from the website) and ...
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Does Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 support UEFI clients?

I've read in several places that Hyper-V 2012 supports booting clients in UEFI mode, but I can't seem to figure out how to make that work. There are no options in the settings for UEFI boot mode. ...
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uEFI Remote Mangement

Is there a sane method to set uEFI settings (for machines with no OS) from a remote machine? I've just spent hours for changing the boot order of a handful of machines. The extended boot up times for ...
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EFI vs MBR - Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 on 8TB

I'm having some difficulty installing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 on an Intel Server platform. The server specs is as follows: Intel Grizzly Pass Server System - R2308GZ4GC 2x ...
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Installing Windows Server 2008 on IBM x3250 M3 Server with EFI

I'm hoping this question hasn't been asked before and I've spent the last 3 hours trying to find a solution to this but to no avail. Also feel free to edit the tags, I'm fairly new to this site. I ...
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“Failed to initialize PAL.” while upgrading an LSI 9211-8i to IT?

When attempting to flash my LSI SAS 9211-8i card on my ASUS H87I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H87 Mini ITX Motherboard, I was able to get through all of the instructions until I was finally ready to flash, ...
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Ubuntu software raid on efi, how to boot off second drive?

I'm up and running on Ubuntu server with software raid 1 with 2 500GB drives and I'm just trying to test things out. If I unplug the second drive I'm able to boot in degraded mode but if I unplug the ...
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Installing VMware ESXi 4.1 on Dell PowerEdge T610 using UEFI

I would like to know if it is possible to install VMware ESXi 4.1 on Dell PowerEdge T610 but using UEFI (not BIOS)... I have seen some references on the net saying that ESXi 4.1 is UEFI aware OS ? ...
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WDS 2012: UEFI Client Network Boot results in error 0x102

I've got a WDS 2012 and a DHCP Server 2012 running on the same subnet, but on different boxes. I have been deploying Windows 8.1 x64 without any issues to BIOS clients, using DHCP Options 66 and 67. ...
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Windows software RAID 1 with EFI bootloader on both disks

I have a Windows Server 2008r2 with two HDDs installed. The main partition, which has Windows installation on it, is mirrored between the two disks. The problem is, this is a UEFI machine, and EFI ...
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grub boot failed after upgrading to ubuntu 12.04 LTS

no such disk error occured. I tried to format and reinstall 12.04, the problem remained. I also repaired with boot-repair, the problem remained. http://paste.ubuntu.com/1224005/ is url of the ...
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CentOS 6 installation crashes when trying to boot media from BIOS set to UEFI mode

I'm trying to install CentOS 6 on Dell R410 server. As I need a GPT large disk support, I set the BIOS to UEFI configuration. The problem is that I'm getting crashes once the server tries to boot from ...
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What are the implications of GPT when attempting image-based deployment for workstations?

I've got 13 machines with identical hardware that I need to deploy. The machines all have the new UEFI standard, which apparently forces GPT regardless of disk size. I've thus far been unsuccessful in ...
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USB drive not detected in Intel EFI shell

I must update an Intel S3420GPLC board. BIOS, BMC, FRU / SDR, the whole thing. Everything is pretty much automated in the Intel download. You're supposed to boot to the integrated EFI shell, mount ...
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What UEFI-based machines are available in the market today?

I am looking for Client systems that have UEFI firmware. What are the existing systems that can be bought in the market today?
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BIOS to UEFI no backup restore possible?

We have a DELL R510 server with Windows SBS 2011 (Data, Exchange, ...), we running out of space on the server. We currently have this configuration: 2x 300GB SAS in RAID 1 2x 2TB SATA in RAID 1 ...
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Zotac Zbox CI320 Nano UEFI BIOS issue “CMOS Error was detected. BIOS Settings have been restored”

I just purchased a brand new Zotac ZBox CI320 Nano for a week and I am using 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 1.35V SODIMM GSKILL ram and Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD. I installed Windows 8.1 successfully, no ...
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Kickstarting Ubuntu 14.04: How do I create an “EFI boot partition” from my ks.cfg?

I am PXE booting a server that has two 4Gb drives configured in RAID-1 in order to kickstart an instance of Ubuntu Server 14.04. I am PXE booting in EFI mode, and the install runs fine until I get ...
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Possible to decrypt FDE/SED Samsung 840 upon boot without native BIOS/UEFI support for ATA password?

It's possible to encrypt and decrypt a drive with hdparm coupled with Full Disk Encryption like some Samsung and Intel SSDs. What I'm curious about is if it's possible to use with a Desktop ...
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EFI ignoring isolinux.cfg?

i have a modified centos 6.5 iso with isolinux.cfg which is modified to use kicstart file from iso, it's working on server with BIOS firmware. When tried on EFI systems it shows grub-prompt and ...
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How to boot xen dom0 with UEFI support?

I boot my system with EFI+grub2. If I boot into a normal system, I can modprobe efivars and view all the efi variables. But if I boot into xen, I cannot see the efi variables from my dom0. I build my ...
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3ware raid controller does not get a proper reset signal after a reboot

I have a linux server that has a 3ware controller 9650SE-4LPML connected. Today, I migrated this server with all its disks and raid controller to a new motherboard + cpu + ram (gpu is also changed). ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 fails to boot in UEFI Mode

I have created a bootable USB for Windows Sever 2008 R2. By default UEFI is not able to find all the required files to boot from the media. After following this post the booting is enabled. Even ...
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Server 2012 R2 FSRM Event ID 8197 Error: GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint, 0x800700001, incorrect function

I found next to no information about this error with respect to Server 2012. There is a good deal of information out about this error with Server 2003 with a update package fix from Microsoft as well ...
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Windows 7 boot manager not localized on UEFI systems

I originally posted this on SuperUser because I discovered this behaviour on my home computer, but this seems to be a general issue on UEFI systems, thus I'm posting here too; I also hope someone here ...
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Creating GPT partitions on EFI raw disk using diskpart

I've got a raw, blank GPT disk for use in a UEFI system. I need to create the partitions on it using diskpart. The only tutorial I've found so far is for diskpart.efi, which I believe is slightly ...
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When should an EFI partition be used?

If I only deal with Linux servers and Linux laptops, when should I create an EFI partition? From my understanding an EFI partition on a Linux server ensures a standard for the disk layout, where EFI ...
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EFI virtual machine on Hyper-V

Is it possible to create EFI virtual machine running on Hyper-V? Which Hyper-V version should I use?
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Windows Server 2012 2TB drive limit on 3TB drive - UEFI, GUID

We've got a Dell Poweredge T410, and have upgraded to two raided 3TB hard drives, and Windows Server 2012 Standard. The drive is only showing as 2TB, and I can't see why. We're using UEFI and GUID ...
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Setting up VHD Boot for Windows 8.1 32-bit OS on 64-bit UEFI [migrated]

I have a Surface Pro 3 that natively runs Windows 8.1 64-bit. By extension, the UEFI on the device has a 64-bit boot loader. I am attempting to setup the device to allow a VHD boot into a Windows 8.1 ...
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Will win8 boot if I disable UEFI? [closed]

I'd like to disable UEFI mode in case if something will go wrong with my laptop and I will need to load another OS to it. However it would be very unfortunate if switching of UEFI prevented win8 from ...
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Computer does not boot after changing hdd and reverting back [on hold]

1) I have an existing HDD in my computer that dual boots linux and windows using the traditional bios way. 2) I then swap in another HDD and install linux on it with uefi. It boots and reboots fine. ...
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Can a Windows Server 2008 server use a GPT-only partition table?

I have here a little bit uncommon system: its primary hard disk can't have an old, DOS (MBR) partition table, only a GPT type. It is an outer restriction, that nothing can be done about. It seems as ...