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Windows Server 2012 - genisoimage bootable


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mimocloud

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Hello everybody,

i'm programming a Iso builder in Python wich is able to also edit the unattended installation of windows server 2012 but thats not the point i want to talk about now...
i want to make the iso image bootable again because all the files from the source image wich was bootable are unpacked to a folder.

i dont want to explain why i've but all files in a single folder but it is inalienable soo please don't ask me about that okay ;)....
So back to my problem.
in the source iso file is a folder called boot which contains the following:

en-us (folder)
fonts (folder)
resources (folder)
bcd (file)
boot.sdi (file)
bootfix.bin (file)
bootsect.exe (file)
eftsboot.com (file)
memtest.exe (file)

on linux i just need the the isolinux.bin file and the boot.cat file.
wich files from the windows disc i need to make or to build a bootable iso of Windows Server 2012 x64???

this is a snipped what my python code looks like for LINUX:

build=("genisoimage -r -V" +" "+ '"mimoCloud-Linux"' +" "+ "-cache-inodes -J -l -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -o" +" "+ isobuild +".iso" +" "+ final_path)


works great...
So if you guys can help me i would be so happy ;)


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jaclaz

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i dont want to explain why i've but all files in a single folder but it is inalienable soo please don't ask me about that okay ;)....

That's OK, as long as you won't ask WHY a few windows files NEED to be on ROOT of the optical device. :whistle:
Also, by starting by stating how your approach is "inalienable" you are effectively preventing people to provide you with working, tested alternatives, since you sound like a Linuxish guy, you might particularly appreciate Eric S. Raymond's take on similar matters:
http://catb.org./~es...tions.html#goal
further expanded here:
http://homepage.ntlw...red-banana.html

So back to my problem.
....

on linux i just need the the isolinux.bin file and the boot.cat file.
wich files from the windows disc i need to make or to build a bootable iso of Windows Server 2012 x64???

It won't simply work. :no:
There might be a workaround by using grub4dos and mapping a "boot floppy" image, but very likely it will fail nonetheless at actual install time.
BUT there is a perfectly working and tested approach by using an unmodified Windows install .iso (still mapped with grub4dos), which is what I could provide some info/links about, IF your initial approach is somehow not really "inalienable" and we can talk about it (and other ones).

So if you guys can help me i would be so happy ;)

Yep :yes: , but we may need to ask you questions.... :whistle:

jaclaz




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