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Ripping SBS to backup drive

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I'm looking for quicker ways to install SBS. I've recently bought a USB2 backup drive, 80GB. I need to know if it's possible to rip all 6 SBS CDs to the drive and make it bootable? It's a Dell server and I haven't had a look yet to see if I can make this drive bootable through the BIOS.

Is any of this possible?
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You can certainly place the images of the CD's on a USB Hard drive (I have them on an 8GB USB Thumb drive -- definitely more portable than an 80GB drive).  And you can make it bootable as well by changing the BIOS to consider a USB drive as an alternate floppy (I don't quite remember the exact term that the DELL BIOS uses, but it's something like that) and have that be the first boot device.

The trick in your USB drive is to partition it so that the first CD is in the first partition and the remainder in the second.  Then, to copy Disk1 as bootable, use this utility:  http://www.vitaligraf.de/en/index.htm

I would consider just putting .iso images of the remaining CD's as well as a CD Drive emulator to be able to mount the images for use.  (Such as Nero's Image Drive).  You don't need all six CD's though... one of them is FrontPage which you don't want to install on the server, but you could have it there to install on a workstation if needed.  Your only other problem would be the exact build/version of the software.  You cannot mix Dell OEM versions with Full Packaged Product or HP OEM for that matter.  The keys will only work on the version that you are installing.

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