How do create an ISO from 2 Windows 2003 R2 Disks?

I have Windows Server 2003 R2 on 2 different disks. I would like to know if anyone has created a single ISO from these disks. Also, has anyone slipstreamed service pack 2 into the mix?

PS
It may be the same procedure - but just wanted to know if it could be done with 64 bit version as well.
Thanks in Advance...
AndorecAsked:
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AndorecConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
OK. I got it!!!

Here is the procedure I took to combine Windows 2003 R2 Disk 1 and 2 then slipstream Service Pack2. I found the xcopy commands at the microsoft website where they were explaining how to slipstream SP2. However, they do not tell you how to combine the disks.

create temp folder (i.e. c:\Win2003)
      Must be large enough for both disks and Service Pack 2

Assuming your Source is the D:\ drive perform the following via command line (Start | run | cmd):
Insert Windows 2003 Disk 2 into the CD Drive.
copy CD 2 to folder [xcopy /E D:\ C:\Win2003]
Next
Insert Windows 2003 R2 Disk 2 into the CD Drive
copy CD 1 to folder and overwrite file(s)  <- I think it is just the autorun.ini

Create temp directory for Service Pack 2 and download and save to temp folder (i.e. c:\Win2003SP2)
Perform the following via command line

C:\Win2003SP2\WindowsServer2003-BLAH.exe /integrate:C:\Win2003

All Done!!!

Oh wait...

After I completed the task the folder was not listed in the c:\ drive anymore. I have Explorer show me hidden files by default so I was not sure what was happening. Crapping my pants I thought that I had just lost all the time wasted copying the files from the disks to the hard drive. Little did I know that after the Service Pack 2 integration the folder was not only flagged as Hidden but also as a System folder. So being as resourcefull as I usually am I found that I could run this simple command:

attrib -H -S c:\Win2003

Viola!

The folder showed up from a cloud of smoke...

To create the ISO with Nero 8 (took instruction from someone who used Nero 6).
I went to create a new DVD (boot) project.
Under the Boot tab I told it to use my image file from WinXP - They say you can extract the boot image from the disk but I have never done this. The image is totally downloadable from anywhere. http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=297

Check Expert Settings and use No Emulation - Segment sectors is 0000 - Num loaded sectors is 4 (Be sure to double check this when ready to burn).
Copy all the files over to the project and burn.

Excellent!!! He he he.
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XconCommented:
try cheetah dvd burning software....you can create ISO's in it as well as burn them
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
Will it combine the 2 disks of Windows 2003 Server R2? I currently use Nero 8 and don't know if that will do it. I will purchase the product if it does what I need. However, I looked at the features of the software and it didn't explicitly say anything about combining disks. I don't know how common it is to complete such a task but I would rather use software that I already have to accomplish this.

I have found a need to do this due to administrative tasks that I have to perform. I would rather use the software that I currently have - if anyone has any comments on Nero.

Thanks for the input...
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Mark DamenERP System ManagerCommented:
An interesting question, I can't comphrend why you need both parts on R2 technologies on one CD?  Please elaborate further on what the need for this is.  Many Thanks.
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
I need both parts on one CD/DVD in order to create a single ISO. The ISO is much more portable than the disks. When Windows completes the install it asks for disk 2. If I am at a remote location then...

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scrathcyboyCommented:
The three components don't all fit on one CD disk, and you have to plan for CD, not everyone has DVD.
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
I will have to agree to that Scrathcyboy. However, I will only need it for my own administrative tasks. If I can create an ISO image from Win2003 Disk 1 and Win2003 Disk 2 then slipstream Win2003 SP2 - I can just mount it at boot time and install as needed (for my needs). Furthermore, I could insert the DVD or mount the ISO in the event that Windows 2003 ever needed it. Ultimately I am trying to minimize the amount of time spent on installation for multiple servers. This also will be very helpful in uploading the ISO to a VMWare server and mounting that image...
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scrathcyboyCommented:
I understand that, but the installation of SP2 REQUIRES the system to be running in FULL MODE for it to work, you cannot effectively run it from a CD boot, a safe mode boot, or a remote boot.  It must have access to the local registry and the system state of all files, dates, versions, etc.  The updating of an SP is a very complicated process, I got to see the lines of code involved, and it was over 10,000 lines of code !!

So it might seem efficient, and I agree with trying to get both disks on one if you can, but NOT to apply a SP without booting the system in full mode.  I think that is going to bite you in the butt each time you do it.  So if you are doing this from a full running install, just have SP2 on a network drive like I do, it works just fine.
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
Very well then. I don't understand why Microsoft would allow one to slipstream XP and Office products but not their 2003 product. I had no idea that 2003 SP2 required the system to be running in full mode. Thank you for that input.

Regardless, I would still like to know if anyone has used Nero to combine the 2 disks. Or any other tool for that matter.
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Mark DamenERP System ManagerCommented:
You can slipstream a Windows Server 2003 CD running SP1 to make it Windows Server 2003 SP2, that bit is no worries.  This only help you though when first installing Windows, the result being if you install using the CD that has been slipstreamed with SP2 the finished Windows install will have SP2 already included.

The complication comes from trying to have both the operating system files, and R2 technologies on the same CD.  

If it is just for the fact that Windows sometimes asks for a CD, you could have the files from both CDs on one CD, should there be space - I havent checked this.  But, in reality if thats what you want then just copy the files to a shared directory on the server... it'll only take up about 800 Mb ish.
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XrayMikeAlphaCommented:
What was the volume label you gave the CD/DVD once you combined the two discs please?
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
I think I called it Win2k3-R2-SP2. You can call it whatever you want tho.

After reading my explaination above I realized there was an error. The copy section should say this:

Insert Windows 2003 R2 Disk 2 into the CD Drive.
copy CD 2 to folder [xcopy /E D:\ C:\Win2003]
Next
Insert Windows 2003 R2 Disk 1 into the CD Drive
copy CD 1 to folder and overwrite file(s)  <- I think it is just the autorun.ini

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ie1e0955Commented:
@Andorec:
I folowed your post as well and it worked first time for me.. brilliant
many thanks
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ie1e0955Commented:
Another comment to add to this as a possible side effect.
I slipstreamed the disks as described, but noticed that the actual OS doesnt appear as R2.

When you create a Windows Server 2003 server, using R2, it will add the words "R2" on the CTRL ALT DEL screen, next to the windows logo.

At first glance, its appears that the OS isnt R2, but the components my have been installed.

Its not a show stopper.
Thanks
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crwCommented:
you can combine the two disks using mdt 2010. and even have it boot off of a usb jump drive.
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AndorecAuthor Commented:
That's cool. Very good information.

Thanks...
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crwCommented:
You need to download WAIK 2.0 and MDT 2010. I use this to create a multi-boot dvd, usb with windows XP Pro, Windows Vista, Windows 7, windows 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 r2. Instead of carrying around bunch of disks, I just carry around 1 DVD or 1 USB jump drive. BTW, my jump drive is 64G.
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