Redirect boot from USB drive to server

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
One of our customers backups on 2 different brand of USB drives. After restarting the server it tries to boot from the attached USB drives which makes it impossible for us to do maintenance outside office hours. The BIOS does't 'remember' the boot sequence, maybe because 2 different brands are used. The BIOS is of the latest version. Some bootable CD's can redirect the boot to the server. Something like 'Press any key within 10 seconds to boot from CD, or wait to automatically boot from harddisk'.

This would be an elegant solution in which BIOS settings woudln't matter. Does anyone know how to make this happen on an USB drive?

System: HP Proliant ML110 with SBS 2003
Question by:equa
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    Accepted Solution

    You should be able to select the boot sequence in BIOS and it should stick.  If that's the case, put the USB device to the bottom of the list and you shouldn't have any problems.  If that doesn't work, you might be able to configure your USBs to boot for Windows (copy NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM and BOOT.INI from your system disk to the USB drive and configure the boot.ini on your USB drive to boot from the Windows System partition on the server.

    Author Comment

    Hello Paka,

    The BIOS solution does not work, anyway not on this server with th current BIOS, We have tried that several times. But  will try the other solution. "I'll be back ;-)"


    Author Comment

    Hello Paka,

    It works. This was exactly what I had in mind.



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