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BIOS still not smart enough

Posted 04-30-2012 at 01:45 PM by Skaperen

BIOS is still not smart enough, and has failed to reach the "holy grail" of doing just what system administrators want it to do. This means you AMI. And the others, too.

What I (and just about every system administrator I've talk to about this) want is to be able to specify a device boot order that does NOT get modified by the BIOS just because the media or device is absent in a future boot cycle. I want to have the USB memory stick be the FIRST boot device, conditional on it being present and bootable, and have the primary hard drive be bootable next, and the secondary hard drive be bootable after that (if the primary failed). This way, if I need to perform maintenance on a system, I can just plug in a bootable USB memory stick, reboot the machine, and that memory stick system will be selected first ... always when it is present.

Why is that so hard to do? Some PHB manager tells you not to?
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