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Can I Fixmbr & Fixboot on Server2003 with an XP CD for the recovery console?

I have recently used Acronis to restore a previously operating 2003 server. However, when it boots,
"No Loader" appears when trying to boot to the HDD.

I can only find my Disk2 2003 R2 CD so I cant boot to the console to do the following:

fixmbr; fixboot as suggested in my recovery software FAQ( http://kb.acronis.com/content/1507)

Can I boot off my XP Pro CD on the 2003Server to do the fixmbr; fixboot?
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davetripp33Commented:
They should work from the XP CD. Nothing has changed with them in the newer releases as far as I know.
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westonpAuthor Commented:
OK. Yes, XP Pro CD appears to run setup but never makes it to recovery console.

Also, I have found my Server Disc1 and it does the same thing as the XP CD - Setup never makes it to the Recovery option because it cannot find my Hard disk.

I tried to boot off the Dell PowerEdge Install & Svr Management Bootable CD but it too hangs at, "Uncompressing Linux... OK, booting the kernal"

I suppose I may have to close out this original question and search/post another?

FYI Recap of my overall situation:
1. New Dell PE R710
2. OEM 4HDD RAID5 with Server 2003 on one partition
3. Performed a boot up Acronis 11 backup image of the server onto a USB drive
4. added 2 identical drives (now 6 total)
5. In RAID/Bios cleared and initialized one new RAID 10 virtual disk
6. performed an Acronis recovery sucessfully to the new volume (Choosing not to restore as one  C  but a C & D partition)
7. Reboot Server
8. No Loader.
9. Here's where I thought a quick boot to the server03 setup CD would alow for a quick fixmbr and fix boot.

My problem now is understanding what is involved in step 9 and getting to fixmbr so that a reboot will now render my previous restore bootable off the HDD.



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davetripp33Commented:
Do you have the RAID drivers for your array controller? It is probably not recognizing your disk because of the RAID.
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westonpAuthor Commented:
Working on acquiring the drivers. 1 of my 2 OEM Dell CD's for this server has the drivers but it is not bootable and the bootable Dell cd hangs up. It seems as if my Raid isnt initialized correctly but when i Ctrl-R into the RAID setup i find that my Raid Volume is 465GB and all in online. I am stumped.
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davetripp33Commented:
I am sure your RAID is setup, but if your OS is on the RAID, windows (even the CD) needs the drivers in order to interface with it. I am sure once you find the drivers and are able to get past the F6 option, you should be on the home stretch.
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westonpAuthor Commented:
I believe the RAID is Set up too. However, it looks like my restore did not really restore.

I definitely have a good backup (step 3 above) But When I did my restore (as in step 6), I did not pay attention to the target volume - just that C: was there in the Acronis target screen. So when I Kicked off my restore to what was supposed to be the 465GB RAID 10 volume, it restored to nowhere and reported successful restore! Since Server 2003 R2 and The Dell Bootable OEM CD were not helping I decided to go through the restore process on more time and THIS TIME I NOTICED that I had overlooked the details of the target that AcronisTruimage was reporting. It only reports ~45MB C: (Which may be a virtual drive that the bootable Acronis CD creates. (I wont go into the strangeness of this app reporting a 60GB image restored successfully) THAT Threw me off.

The real issue is in common with these facts:
1) Acronis did not see my dell 465GB volume
2) Server03 R2 CD cant find the drive
3) The OEM Bootable CD for this server never fully launches!



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davetripp33Commented:
I see what you are saying. Unfortunately, I have not had any experience with Acronis restoring to a RAID, so I don't know how you would go about it.
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ChiefITCommented:
What do you want to do???

If you want to install, you must choose third party raid drivers. After insalling the server disk, you will be promted to install third party raid drivers. It will tell you to press F6 to install third party raid drivers. Go to your Server support disk, that was given with the server OS, and you will find your third party raid drivers there. Or you can download them from Dell's web site using the service tag on the machine to locate the right drivers.

Before installing the third partry raid drivers you should go into SCSI BIOS and make sure the drives are mounted and formated. That prepares them for your raid array and partitions.

If you are using RAID 5, you want the Perc 6 drivers. All other RAID arrays, I am not familiar with.

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ChiefITCommented:
Acronis will lay an image down (with drivers) on a partitioned Raid Array. If it was never partitioned you don't have to worry about partitioning.
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westonpAuthor Commented:
The solution ended up being...
 that F10 or F11 at boot up on the PowerEdge R710 (Something like "System Devices") Dell tells me that the boot disk utilities are not needed because Dell has it as a BIOS option to launch the windows-like setup GUI. The RAID portion of the wizard already had my previous settings. However, after confirming it the options were OS install etc - I decided to reboot with Acronis. - This time the restore took and laid down what I expected.

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