HP Proliant ML570 (RAID Server with two OS?)

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I'm confused with how this server is setup. I was hoping someone can help shed some light. It appears that this is a RAID server with two OS? Linux and Windows XP. Is this possible?

Upon booting up the server, I see Linux startup command and also Windows XP. But the server boots into Windows XP directly.
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT Consultant

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It's possible to have dual boot on a server, however, defeats the object.

Are you sure it's not just the bootup sequence which is in linux???
DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Multibooting is common, especially among test systems.  Heck, my macbook has OSX, XP, Solaris and LINUX on it.
Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT Consultant

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I agree if it's a test system rather than a production server.

Dual boot is configured on the same or different HDDs as long as they are separate partitions.
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Top Expert 2014

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It may not have Linux on it at all, I've seen GRUB used to pick whether to boot Windows server or XP. You can look around for separate partitions with different OSs on them. Not that common for a server especially nowadays since you can use VMware etc but I'd guess this is an old one.
DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
.. or for that matter, maybe it is booting ESX and running XP in a VM?   If one isn't familiar with multi boot or how to take apart the boot config file, and/or doesn't know what to look for during the POST, then booting XP as a virtual machine looks a lot like booting XP in native mode w/o any virtualization.

Is there a follow-up, beyond .... is this possible?  We've already established that there are many ways how this is possible and where it can make sense.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
I agree with andylander. The first thought is - you have there Linux boot loader installed for some reason.
To check that go to Windows Disk Management via right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management and see if you have there a partition which is not native for Windows.
Top Expert 2014

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"andylander"; LOL, I don't mind, even got called andyadler the other day.

 Might be something as simple as a variant of bootitNG that wasn't meant to be installed, or even a USB stick left in the back accidentally or a DVD in the front.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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Ouch, sorry, typo :)
Screenshot of the boot including the Linux piece?
All figured it out that there are two separate hard drives hidden inside the case. One is for linux, and the other for Windows. Thanks for all your help.
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
Whether it's two separate drives or two partitions doesn't really matter, it's what the boot manager such as GRUB is configured to do.

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