Dual Boot FreeBSD/Windows 2003 Server

Glen Barber glen.j.barber at gmail.com
Sat Nov 22 17:52:19 PST 2008

On Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 7:42 PM,  <bsdnub at comcast.net> wrote:
> I am trying to setup a test server that will be able to boot either FreeBSD to Windows Server 2003 R2.  I have tried to use the BSD Boot manager and the Windows Boot manager.  In either case I have run into problems.  When using the BSD boot manager, it will cause the Windows server to crash at boot.  Windows manager will not boot to the BSD partition.
> I have googled it and have not found much other than 3rd party boot manager.  Is there a best practices I could follow on this?  Has anyone got this combination to work?
> Thanks for your help.

I am not aware of any bootloader changes between XP and Server 2003,
but ideally, you should install Server 2K3 first, and FreeBSD second,
using the FreeBSD Boot Manager at the boot manager selection.

I haven't tested this dual boot, but as I said, to my knowledge the
bootloader has not changed.

Could you provide us with specific details on the errors (preferably
from both instances).

Glen Barber

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