how to boot from external DVD unit?

I need to boot a dell power edge 4600 from an exter
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arnoldCommented:
Do you have a bootable USB stick you can test whether USB will be made an option in the F12 boot menu?
Do you have a floppy that you can get to load boot the system loadup the drivers to recognize the DVD on the USB ?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Servers/Q_23731494.html
Presumably your existing system only has a CD or a broken DVD/DC?
http://monishnagisetty.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/windows-server-2008-creating-bootable-iso-from-cd-contents/
http://forums.techarena.in/windows-server-help/935906.htm
http://www.jaxidian.org/update/2009/08/28/98/
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arnoldCommented:
When you boot the system hit F12 for boot menu, and there you should see DVD, select it and the system should boot from it?

The external is connected via ,e-sata, USB?
Check the bios to make sure boot from USB has not been disabled.
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dimensionavAuthor Commented:
USB
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arnoldCommented:
Get into the bios (F2) and make sure it has an option to boot via USB, then you can also try when booting select USB if the underlying DVD drive is not seen as an option.
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dimensionavAuthor Commented:
I don't see that option, there is only the boot priority but only appears floppy, CD drive and hard disk.
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dimensionavAuthor Commented:
Seems that isn't possible
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arnoldCommented:
Another option is to make it available via the network (WDS) but depends on what exists in your environment.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
6th generation Dell servers (1650, 2650, 2600, 4600, etc.) cannot boot to USB devices.  You'll need an onboard optical drive to boot from CD/DVD.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
If your onboard CD drive isn't working, some laptops or a slim drive from another server will often work.  Otherwise, if you are trying to install 2003 on it, you'll need to go the route of WDS or some other PXE server that the 4600's network card can automatically boot to.

You might try a floppy boot manager (maybe Smart Boot Manager, or similar) to see if you can direct it to your external CDROM drive.
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