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Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 DVD wont boot

Hi

I an trying to Install SBS from a DVD.  It runs then asks press any key to boot from CD, I do this then it asks to choose an option. There are no options available and it hangs there.

Anyone come got a solution for this please?

Thank you

TG
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AmityNACommented:
Have you tried it on another machine like a desktop or something if it presists then I would suggest contacting your reseller and getting a new cd
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daly29Author Commented:
Yes same on all machines I have tried it on. It is part of my microsoft Action Pack
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daly29Author Commented:
Does anybody know if there is an ISO for SBS 2003 Premium that I could download from microsoft and use my Action Pack product key with?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
How early in the install is it asking to choose an option? if early in the blue screen part, it may be looking for disk drivers. If this is the case very early in the install you will see the option to press F6 to add drivers. When you see that press F6, insert a floppy with the drivers (RAID, SATA, etc.) and then it will populate the options list.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
ps- I don't believe with the Action Pack there is an option to download the iso's, there is with the TechNet subscription, but the licensing is quite different so I am doubtful the keys are interchangeable.
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daly29Author Commented:
I have borrowed my friends disk ant It looks like these DVD's are not bootable. Exploring the disk it lists CD 1 to 6 so I suppose they have to be burned to a cd there is no tool within the DVD to do this though any Ideas the best way to do this please
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Are they .iso files (Cd1-6)? If so you could use a built-in burning program like Nero to create the bootable CD's. If not a program like http://www.imgburn.com/  should allow you to do it. Are you sure there is no autorun file on the DVD?
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daly29Author Commented:
I created an ISO file from CD1 on the DVD and put bootable information on from a boot disk I downloaded the cd, it booted ok but it says the setup program cant run from dos do I need another type of boot disk?

The Action Pack DVD disk autoruns in windows and displays the info below

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition consists of eight discs:
Discs 1-5 comprise Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition with Service Pack 1.
Installing the R2 Technologies CD and the additional Premium Technologies CDs will result in a complete install of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition.

Disc Contents

 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD1
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD2
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD3
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition CD4
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition - Office Outlook 2003
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition - Premium Technologies Disc 1
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition - Premium Technologies Disc 2
 Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition - R2 Technologies C

exploring disk 1 there is an an autorun below is the text info on the file
[autorun]
OPEN=Autorun\ShelExec default.htm
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you download Imgburn from http://www.imgburn.com you should b able to choose "create image file from files/folders" select the CD1 folder and allow it to create the .iso file. You can then do this for each folder and when complete use a program such as Nero, Roxio, or again ImgBurn with "Write Image file to disc" to burn the Image to a CD.Technically you only need to make CD1 bootable, then point to the other folders to continue installation.

The other option is to configure the PC's BIOS to boot from a floppy and create a boot disk with the following line to start the installation:
x:\CD1\Setup.exe
(where X = CD dive letter
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daly29Author Commented:
I am not sure what boot information I need I created a floppy with Ntdetect and Ntldr on - I renamed the Ntldr to  Setupldr.bin

I then created a boot.ini file below

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003"

In your suggestion above where would the x:\CD1\Setup.exe line go?
 

It would,nt boot any ideas please?  

If I get the right bootable info on a floppy I can then create a bootable iso image and burn the lot to disk as you suggest

Thanks very much for the help up till now
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
That is a boot ini file rather than a boot disk.

My preference would be to burn CD1 to a CD as described, but if you want to use a boot disk, which can be problematic sometimes, you can download one from:
http://www.bootdisk.com/
Once the floppy is created there will be an Autoexec file included. add the x:\CD1\Setup.exe line to the end of the list.
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daly29Author Commented:
Thanks

I dont think I am explaining myself very well sorry.

Ok lets forget the floppy what files would I need to nake CD1 bootable and allow me to install the 2003 OS

I use Power ISO I create my image from CD1 then I have to add bootable information to my image then burn it,

what files do I need?  ie ntdetect etc



 

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you have an application that creates a bootable CD/an .iso, all you need is the contents of CD1.
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daly29Author Commented:
Thanks a lot for your help
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks TG.
Cheers !
--Rob
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daly29Author Commented:
No worries thank you for your help
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