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Create a bootable Windows Server 2003 CD - FileDen


									       Subject: - Network Management

Topic: - Steps For creating Windows Server 2003 Boot

    Create a bootable Windows Server 2003 CD

     Let’s see the six easy steps how to make the CD bootable.

      Producing a bootable CD is a relatively straightforward process. You
need a program to pull the boot image file from your regular Windows Server
2003 CD and a CD drive capable of writing to CDs. And, of course, you need
an installed program to create the CD.

      I used ISO Buster 1.7 to pull the boot image file from the CD. ISO Buster
is a part freeware and part shareware data recovery tool. You can use the
freeware capabilities to do what we need to do here, but you will probably
want to go make a donation or register it once you see all that it can do. I
used Roxio Easy CD Creator to create the CD in this example, but you can
adapt these instructions to any CD-burning program.

Follow these six steps to make the CD bootable:

  1. Download and install ISO Buster. Insert the regular Server 2003 CD into
     your CD drive and load ISO Buster.
  2. Expand the CD drive in ISO Buster until you see a floppy disk icon with
     the Bootable CD label. Click on the bootable CD in the left pane, and in
     the right pane of ISO Buster you will see a file called Microsoft
     Corporation.img, which is the boot image file for the CD. Right click on
     the .img file and select Extract BootImage.img. Remember the location
     where you save this file; then close ISO Buster.
  3. Open your CD-burning program. Using Roxio Easy CD Creator, click
     File/New CD Project/Bootable CD. A screen will pop up: Choose Type of
     Bootable CD. There are a few settings you need to know about on this
     screen. The Bootable CD Type: No Emulation; Load segment: 0x7c0; and
     the sector count should be set at 4. On the bottom of this screen,
     browse to where you stored that boot image file, import it and click OK.
  4. You should see two .bin files in the CD project files window. Use the
     drop-down menu at the top left to select the folder where you stored
     the file structure -- created from the first article in this series -- and add
     all of those files into the CD project.
  5. Customize the CD Project Properties. Click on File/CD Project
     Properties. The most important action on this screen is setting the File
     System type to Joliet. If you leave it at ISO9660, you will have to
     rename a lot of files, and the CD probably won't work right in the end.
     Add whatever File System information you want on the second tab and
     then continue to the File Types tab. On this tab make sure the Add All
     Files radio button is selected and the remaining boxes are not checked.
     Click OK at the bottom.

Now you are ready to create the CD. Insert the blank CD and select Record. In
a few minutes it will be completed, and you'll have your very own
customized Windows Server 2003 installation CD!


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