XP and Server 2003 - Install incompatibility

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by mark.breen, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. mark.breen

    mark.breen Guest


    In a small test in environment I have a test server which
    runs a copy of XP Pro on one hard drive (the master).

    I also want to install on a second hard drive (the slave)
    a copy of Server 2003.

    By reversing BIOS settings to make primary drive the
    secondary (or vice a versa) and then re-booting the,
    tester and developers were able to select the OS platform
    they wanted. Not an elegant solution but pretty effective -
    I used it quite a bit when we were having to test on a
    W2K environment and also a Linux environment. So one drive
    was installed with W2k and the other was installed with

    There are two problems

    The problem is that I can't seem to prevent XP Pro (on the
    master disk) from seeing the second (slave disk). What do
    I need to do make XP not see the second slave disk?

    When I attempt to install Server 2000 on the slave disk as
    XP believes that Server 2003 is an older operating system
    and prevents the install.
    Is there a way to stop XP from behaving like this ?
    mark.breen, Nov 12, 2003
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  2. mark.breen

    Dan Neuwirth Guest

    I'm no pro at this, but it strikes me that a possible
    solution would be to put each drive on a different IDE
    channel (primary versus secondary) and then use your BIOS
    settings to selectively enable or disable the primary or
    secondary IDE controller. This of course assumes your
    BIOS can selectively enable each channel independently,
    but many current BIOSs can.

    The only problem I can see is that you'd need to have two
    CD-ROM drives, one on each cable. But CD-ROM's are cheap

    Dan Neuwirth, Nov 16, 2003
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