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Secondary drive has become boot partition on SBS 2011

Hi, I have just done a P to V on SBS2011 and the process as a whole went very well.

I have one issue though.  I have a W drive which its sole purpose is to hold WSUS content.  Some way along P to V the W drive has been marked as a system drive and seemingly BOOT files have been put onto it.

I tried removing the W drive from the hyper v config and the server fails to boot.

Can I simply copy these boot files to the C drive and then remove the W drive in the HyperV config?

thanks
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noxcho

8/22/2022 - Mon
timb551

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Can I use BCDBoot to set the C drive backup as the main boot partition?
rindi

You can temporarily remove W: from your VM, then boot the VM from the Paragon free Rescue Kit. It will try to repair the system so that it will boot from C:.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-free/
timb551

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I have checked on another SBS2011 that i have and the system reserved partition is the system drive not the C drive.

Will paragon take this into account?
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rindi

If there is already such a reserved partition, yes. If there isn't will use C:\ for that. If you don't have a system reserved partition you won't be able to use encryption.
timb551

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I do have one but the p to v have given it a drive letter for some reason. Should I be removing the drive letter from it?
rindi

Try removing the letter.
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Can you take screen shot of Windows Disk Management on hyper-v guest and post it here?
If you have the msr on the same HDD where C is then all you need is to set this MSR partition active and W as inactive.
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Here is a screen shot.

As you can see the W drive which is meant to be just for wsus content has become the active system drive.

The system reserved now has a drive letter.
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I will take a copy of the vm first and then try this on that , I'll get back to you. Thanks
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Hi noxcho what about the system reserved partition. Doesn't that normally hold the boot details?
noxcho

Yes, it does. But it is on different drive as well. Why is it there? It must be normally on the same drive where C drive is.
But you can copy the data BootMGR and Boot folder from MSR to C and set it active as suggested before.
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Hi Noxcho

I followed your steps and as you thought it wont boot.

I booted to the DVD but when i try to repair my operating system isnt listed.
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Because it is running on RAID? Are you using the RAID?
Does it say that no OS has been found?
Have you downloaded the Rescue Kit?
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The under lying server is running raid but this is a virtual server.

I guess i can try adding the raid drivers to see if it works.

It just doesnt list an OS for me to be able to carry on.

regards

Tim
noxcho

Ok, did you set the C: partition active as you copied the data? Try to start command line in Repair mode of the DVD boot and using Diskpart.exe set the correct drive active.
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I copies the files from the W drive to the C drive.

I then set the C as active.

I then powered down the server and remove W and the server failed to boot.
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I am into the command line repair area but not sure what to do now.
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i tried setting the partition on the c drive as active but the server still fails to boot
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ah ha!

I ran bootrec /rebuildbcd and that seems to have worked.

The server is now booting.
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All looks better

Should I be removing the drive letter from system reserved now?
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noxcho

Sorry, was on the way home.
But you did it :) Well done.
You can now even delete System Reserved partition, it is not doing any function there.
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do i need to recreate it?
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also thank you very much for your help.  Im glad i had a copy VM to try this on before doing it live though :)
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rindi

Whether you need the system reserved disk really depends. It is required if you are using bitlocker to encrypt your disks (but then you'd have to do what I mentioned earlier and move the /boot folder to it and make it the active disks). You you won't be using encryption, then you don't need it.
noxcho

At the moment - you dont need it. As rindi said it is used for bitlocker but if no encryption is used then you are good to delete it or simply remove the drive letter.
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Hi Guys

Would you be happy with shared points as you both helped me get there in the end.

thanks

Tim
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Thanks Tim.
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