Entering server in safe mode

Hi

I have a Proliant DL380 G5 that I want to boot into safe mode, but whenever I press F8 it goes either into the iLO config or the OS boots up normally.

Can someone confirm what button I have to press and when?
LVL 3
kam_ukAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
Mohammed HamadaConnect With a Mentor Senior IT ConsultantCommented:
The answer to your question is that You need to press F8 just after the F10 prompt and just as the Operating System starts to boot...

0
 
65tdCommented:
F8 should work.
Could boot into windows then as administrator run msconfig.exe, select the BOOT.INI tab and select/SAFEBOOT

0
 
Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
What's the OS ? server 2003?
0
Improve Your Query Performance Tuning

In this FREE six-day email course, you'll learn from Janis Griffin, Database Performance Evangelist. She'll teach 12 steps that you can use to optimize your queries as much as possible and see measurable results in your work. Get started today!

 
Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
0
 
FaroFinoCommented:
You can boot the server normally?
If yes, try edit boot.ini file...

-In the [operating systems] section there should be one line that starts with: 'multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)...'
-Select this line then Copy and Paste it below the first line
-Edit the second line and insert the text (Safeboot) in the description before the closing quote (")
-Add the following text to the end of the second line:
   /safeboot:minimal /noguiboot /sos (Be sure to include the leading space!)
-Change the first line after the [boot loader] section for the default timeout. I suggest 5 seconds:
   'timeout=5'

Doing this, every time you need to boot in safe mode you need just choose the option in boot menu.
Here is a example of a modified boot.ini file.

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Enterprise" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Safe Mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal /noguiboot /sos
0
 
lnkevinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The issue is you hit F8 too soon in the post boot so it goes in ILO. The first option uses F8 is ILO. The second F8 uses to get in Smart Array controller. The third option to use F8 is your OS. In order to get in safe mode, you have to wait until you see the Windows prompt with your OS hightlight then quickly hit F8. You surely will enter safe mode. Keep in mind right after the prompt three prompts hit F9 , F10... your windows screen will come up and wait until you see it then hit F8. You normally have 2 seconds to do it.

K
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.