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Old 09-13-2008, 01:21 AM   #1
txm123
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headless dual boot without floppy


Hello,

I have spent the last couple of hours searching an answer for this but couldn't find any.

I want to setup a farm of (8 servers in total) dual boot servers that has XP64 and Fedora. I learned that you can use floppy drive to change the boot order. But is there any other way to do it?

Maybe modify grub.conf from windows or make grub switch the boot order with every reset or something like that?
 
Old 09-13-2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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I am not sure I understand the problem. You are trying to select which OS boots without a keyboard and monitor connected to the machine. How often would you need to select a different OS to boot?
 
Old 09-13-2008, 01:41 AM   #3
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I am not sure I understand the problem. You are trying to select which OS boots without a keyboard and monitor connected to the machine. How often would you need to select a different OS to boot?
Couple of times a day probably, maybe more.
 
Old 09-14-2008, 02:46 AM   #4
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From Linux you may run grub to temporarily boot another os the next time the boot manager is displayed.

So you should set Linux as default and switch via SSH the OS to boot.

In /boot/grub/menu.lst:
Code:
default saved
savedefault 0
From shell:
Code:
# grub-set-default 1
Now for one time, the second boot stanza is selected to boot the machine. This stanza would be the Windows...
 
Old 09-15-2008, 10:12 PM   #5
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Thank you all

I decided to download http://www.fs-driver.org/ and setup an automatic modification script for grub.conf from windows. This will be simplest and most efficient way I guess.

Thanks
 
  


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