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set up windows 2003 on linux server

By tomnhanni ·
I have a dedicated root server thats currently running suse 10 and suse 9.3 I would like to dual boot with suse 10 and windows 2003 server.
How can I do this?
I can log on through a serial console SSH in PUTTY to a recovery mode from my provider which is running something like a busybox kernel 2.6.10 and do partitioning and maitenance.
What I have now is
/dev/hda 80GB
/dev/hda1 /boot (with grub)
/dev/hda2 swap
/dev/hda3 ext3 /(suse 9.3 root)
/dev/hda4 extended
/dev/hda5 reiserfs /(suse 10.1 root)
/dev/hda6 fat32

# sfdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 10011 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 0+ 6 7- 56196 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 7 137 131 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda3 138 2748- 2611- 20972857 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 2749 10010 7262 58332015 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 2749+ 4054 1306- 10490413+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 4055+ 10010 5956- 47841538+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

So... I have the windows 2003 install directory from the cd on my /dev/hda6/ fat32 and I want to delete the first partition which is now /boot resize it and make it my primary c: windows 2003 partition then install windows but Im afraid to format it cuz then what do I do next?
Also how do I do this usually I would just throw in a windows install boot CD and go from there but as I am not physically at the machine and there is no CD drive I don't know to go about this. I need to be able to install windows 2003 remotely in text mode and get the install output to redirect to my remote serial console
Any tips? Is this even possible?

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RE:set up windows 2003 on linux server

by Eric.Talbot In reply to set up windows 2003 on li ...

Here are my suggestion but this is not enough :

Not easy for sure because even if you can access the files remotely, you could not launch the windows install. Windows install needs to be started from a win32 environment not a linux. Therefore what you could try would be to copy the files to a partition on the server using SHFS. And then you should boot a on win32 environment from a usb drive ( and if you use a USB drive why don't you put the install files on it ) Then launch the install.

Also after you have install W2k3, you'll face another problem because it will overwrite your MBR and you'll loose you boot loader. At this point you will have to : ( relating to Fedora Red Hat installation ) boot on the first distro's CD get into recovery mode then : root (hd0,0 ) and setup (hd0)

"So... I have the windows 2003 install directory from the cd on my /dev/hda6/ fat32 and I want to delete the first partition which is now /boot resize it and make it my primary c: windows 2003 partition then install windows but Im afraid to format it cuz then what do I do next? "
At this point you need to recreate /boot. It can be part of /. As i had physically access to my server, i ran the linux install to do it.

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no usb drive

by tomnhanni In reply to RE:set up windows 2003 on ...

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunaly since this is a remote dedicated server I have no Physical access to the machine. This would be easy if I could just insert an USB drive and boot from there. I already have a FAT32 partition with the windows setup files on /dev/hda6.

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