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luwigie 08-29-2004 12:15 PM

Install another MS OS and restore Grub?
I want to install the evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 on my system to learn how to better use it for work. I would tri-boot with my currently installed XP and Fedora Core 2. Is there a way that I can install Windows Server 2003 and restore my grub boot record?


b0uncer 08-29-2004 12:31 PM

sure there is. make a linux bootdisk so you are able to boot into your linux installation without the grub on HD, and install the windows (I assume you have free space for it...).

after this boot with the bootdisk into your linux installation and simply reinstall grub...edit the grub config so it recognizes each of your OSes and you should be fine.

EDIT: as you use FC2, just get the Grub rpm package to your harddisk so it's ready for reinstalling after the update process :) and oh, remember to make sure that the bootdisk works before you start, or you will get some extra work..

luwigie 08-29-2004 12:53 PM

How would I create a linux boot disK? Can I just backup my current grub.conf file and add the entry for Server 2003?


luwigie 08-30-2004 11:03 AM

Any one know how to create said boot disk?


King4lex 08-30-2004 11:23 AM

It may depend on your distro, but try typing this at the linux command line (after you format the disk):


cd /boot
cp vmlinuz /dev/fd0

cp: overwrite '/dev/'fd0'? y

(it will return something like '/dev/hda3')
rdev /dev/fd0 /dev/hda3 <-- replace that with whatever was returned above

That should do it. (note: you may have to log in as root first)

b0uncer 08-30-2004 01:30 PM

yup, it's wise to copy the current grub config, since it won't change to anything....only one more OS is added. so after you've booted back to linux, (re)install grub and replace it's default config with your bakcup copy and add the new OS to it...

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