Need to create a bootable server 2003 CD

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Hello, I have a burned copy of Server 2003 Enterprise edition that a friend gave to me. I'd like to install it on my test server, but am unable to because the CD is not bootable. I have tried booting the server with a 98SE floppy boot disk but am unable to run setup through DOS. I currently have a version of 2003 installed, but it is an evaluation copy and will expire soon. I tried installing directly from Windows, but received the message that I am unable to do so because the version of Server 2003 Enterprise is newer than the version on the CD that I have. How can I create a bootable CD so I can boot my server directly into the CD and install the full version of Server 2003? Thanks in advance to all who reply. I appreciate your help!

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Be sure not to use illegal copy of windows, you can download evaluation version of Windows bootable ISO from Microsoft download site.

S Anand Kumar

You could also risk the wrath of Microsoft and follow the instructions here to create a bootable disk. It’s pretty easy if you have Nero or a similar program, but I wouldn’t recommend using their built-in cd images.

There’s also a program out there that can do this for you but I can’t seem to find it at this point.

Also you will need a product key for the installer which you can probably get from your friend.

Another option is to get a TechNet or an MSDN subscription. either one will allow you to download bootable ISO images of pretty much everything that Microsoft makes (aside from games and other consumer products).

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  • Dreamscape
    Try this Microsoft kbase article. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;325879 HOW TO: Create a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition in the Windows Server 2003 Family
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  • JoBo
    You could also consider to create a bootable Barts PE CD . See link: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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  • Apierson
    I like Bart Pe, but I recently found myself using WinLite, which let you make a new bootable cd, from you original. You can add service packs, and almost anything else you may need. Works really well if you need DOS drivers.
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  • Kfettig
    [...] Need to create a bootable Server 2003 CD 26 Sep 2008. I have tried booting the server with a 98SE floppy boot disk but am. Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition in the Windows Server 2003 Family Need to create a bootable Server 2003 CD [...]
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