Dell Poweredge Windows Server 2003 NTFS Boot Disk
Posted on 2007-04-10
I have a Dell Poweredge 2600 server (about 3 years old) running Small Business Server 2003 (basically Windows Server 2003). The system partition is 12Gb on a 33Gb mirrored disk (it was set this way by Dell engineers during the installation) which leaves 21Gb of unallocated space after the system partition.
The system partition is now full, I have tried removing everything non-essential to other partitions and I can't move any more. I need to install service pack 2 to use the latest version of Symantec Backup Exec with a new tape library but it failed due to lack of disk space.
If I can boot below the OS then I can use diskpart to extend the system volume size (Microsoft confirm this) but I am unable to create the correct NTFS boot disk. The sytem partition is two 33Gb scsi disks mirrored on a Perc 4/Di Raid controller. My boot disk has ntldr, ntdetect.com and the raid driver mraid35.sys renamed as ntbootdd.sys. The boot.ini file is as follows:
scsi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003"
It boots fine but blue screens and reboots immediately. If you've got no pointers on the correct boot file can you give a switch to stop the immediate reboot so I can see the stop error.
Thanks in advance