I admit, I messed up a quite important server. Originally it was
Windows 2008, for some testing / cloned its system partition (Norton
Ghost) and installed Windows 2003. Some time later I restored Windws
2008 over 2003, and since then the server does not boot any more.
Strange: if I insert any OS CD (tried some: 2003 Server, 2000 Server,
even XP ...) and boot, the server boots the CD, displays the normal
"Press any key to boot from the CD" prompt, and if I do *not* press
any key it will after some time skip the CD boot and - boot Windows
2008 server from the Harddisk.
I'd prefer it to boot without the helping CD, of course :-)
* what does the boot process "borrow" from the CD?
* how do I fix the boot envireonment on the harddrive? Under 2003 I'd
have given the emergency console (fixboot/fixmbr) a chance, but I
could not find the console in 2008.
Any clues welcome ...