I have my iAMT PC with two disks in RAID mirror, and this RAID has got 3 partitions.
First one is simply a bootable Vista system partition, second is intended for data and the third is bootable WinPE partition. Active is the first one, so the user always gets directly into Windows Vista.
Now I would like to have an option to remotely force the PC to boot to third partition. I decided to give a chance to the IDE-R so I would like to be able to boot into a remote floppy disk (or floppy disk image) with boot manager (like GRUB or Windows Vista boot manager) on this floppy so I could decide (through SOL) which partition (of the internal HDD) to boot from in the next step.
GRUB has got nice command line environment and also some serial redirection option and bootmgr of Vista could be also piped through SOL so this should be not a problem.
I got GRUB floppy image from http://gazonk.org/~eloj/articles/emergencybooting.html
commands to boot the WinPE partition are:
and the the Vista bootmgr floppy is build as described on http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=55427.
Both floppies work perfectly fine if the USB floppy drive is attached directly to the PC.
Anyway, I can not boot
to remote floppy with GRUB (just hangs) nor Windows Vista boot manager (error
screen in attachement). I can remotely boot only to a simple DOS boot floppy.
does anyone have any idea why the boot managers do not work over IDE-R ?