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Server 2008 - Forces boot to Secondary Plex

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Server 2008 (not R2) x64 at SP2.

Server had software RAID 1 (mirror).  First disk went bad and was removed.  We DO NOT want to replace it.  We want to run as single-disk system going forward.

System was booted to the Secondary Plex.  In the Disk Manager console, the mirror was removed and the missing disk entry was removed.  Remaining disk shows as single non-mirred volume now.

PROBLEM:  Even though there is only 1 disk now, and the mirror set was removed, the system requires selecting Secondary Plex to boot.  At bootup, the system still displays the 2 options--

Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 - Secondary Plex

This requires manual intervention to select Secondary Plex at bootup.  System will not boot to first option, and displays a message about a missing disk.  We have to go back and manually choose Secondary Plex to boot.

How do we make (what was) the 2nd disk, no longer be listed as Secondary Plex so the system will boot normally as a single-disk system?
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by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 38728495
Try going to System Properties, Advanced, Startup & Recovery, Settings, Default O/S
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by:Ecompro
ID: 38728522
Yes, but how do I get rid of the extra (left-over) entry at bootup?  I found some articles on bcdedit but can't find a way to delete the extra entry because there are 2 with the same GUID.  

C:\Boot>bcdedit /enum

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  unknown
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {default}
displayorder            {default}
                        {current}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 30
resume                  No

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {default}
device                  unknown
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Server 2008
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                unknown
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {80c3380b-50a0-11e2-840c-a49e1621db93}
nx                      OptOut
hypervisorlaunchtype    Auto

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Server 2008 - secondary plex
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {80c3380b-50a0-11e2-840c-a49e1621db93}
nx                      OptOut
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Ecompro earned 0 total points
ID: 38728546
Ok-- answering my own question.  I used bcdedit to:

1)  Change the description of the entry named {current} to "Microsoft Windows Server 2008"
2)  Delete the entry named {default}

System boots normally now with a single disk and no "boot selection" screen.
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Self-solved.
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