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VMWARE ESXi 4, WinServer2008R2 BOOTMGR image / NTLDR is corrupt

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Server 2008 doesn't start; one: bootmgr image is corrupt - another server: NTLDR is corrupt.  How to repair?
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Install another 2008R2 Server if you don't have one already, then connect the corrupt drive from the bad machine to the good machine.  Then copy the NTDLR file from the good machine to the bad one.  Disconnect the repaired drive and try to boot.

If you need specifics on how to do this, let me know.
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I have also a good one, but how to copy? These are on ESXi4 and see only diskfiles (.vmdk) on datastore, not the separate files inside the diskfile.
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Shut down both VM's, edit the config of the GOOD VM and add an EXISTING hd. Point at the HD file for the corrupt one :D That will now give you both HD's in the GOOD VM to do the copy
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Attached you will find a document to do this.  You will need vCenter and open that host.

Just remember to remove the added drive before you try to boot the repaired machine.  Nothing bad, just won't boot.

This is just like remove a physical hard drive, plugging it into a good machine, copying all the files you need, then plugging it back into the original machine.

Might be a good idea to run "chkdsk /f" on that drive.

There is no need to shutdown both machines to do this.  Windows 2008 R2 is very forgiving adding and removing drives.
VM-Drive-Connection.pdf
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I got one server working and got the idea - thanks a lot.
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