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I recently acquired a new client running SBS2003.  The server was very low end with no reduntancy at all.  The server's integrrated SATA controller does not support RAID.  I suggested RAIDed hard drives and gave him the option of a SCSI or SATA implementations.  We also discussed software mirroring.  The client decided to go with a software mirror on both the boot and data volumes.  I have not used Windows software mirroring.  My concern is that if the "active boot partition" hard drive fails, that I will not be able to boot to the remaining intact hard drive because it is not "active".  W2K server gave you the option of an Emergency Rescue Disk.  My questions are:  Are my concernes warranted?  Or will the system "auto-magically" boot from the remaining drive with no intervention required?  Do I need to create a bootable CD?  If so, I've gone in circles looking for a decent, reliable boot CD solution.  I haven't had much luck with this.  Any solutions?
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Without knowing exactly what your particular situation is... (not enough details... but I don't really need them)... I can tell you that I don't go anywhere without a copy of UBCD4WIN made with the SBS Kernel.  You can find info about this at www.ubcd4win.com

Jeff
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Hey Jeff,

I've tried to use this product to make a boot disk and then run a utility to extend the boot partition on the hard drive.  After messing with it for weeks I finally gave up.

Thanks,
Pat
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Your question never mentioned anything about extending the boot partition of the hard drive... it just asked about a reliable boot CD solution.  So, do you have a specific question here?

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No Jeff.  Extending the boot partition was a different situation where I was trying to use a boot CD.  Tried the UBCD4WIN solution and ran into issues.  I honestly can't remember the specifics other than it did not work.  I'll close this question- don't like to leave things hanging and give it another try.  Thanks for your followup.  Pat
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Oh... sorry, I now understand what you were saying... that you don't like UBCD4WIN!  :-)

Well, check out www.bootdisk.com and you'll find a good collection of others.

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