Multi-booting Win2000 and FreeBSD with boot.ini

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Old 12-26-2001
Multi-booting Win2000 and FreeBSD with boot.ini

Actually, I'm going to be setting up my new hard drive to boot 3-4 far I'm definite on Windows 2000 Advanced Server and FreeBSD 4.4, and I'm stuck between RedHat 7.2 and Mandrake 8.1 for my Linux choice...anyways....

I'm gonna be using boot.ini as the boot loader thing. I've already figured out how I can do it successfully with Linux, but I don't know that much about FreeBSD so I need some help there.
If anybody has done this with FreeBSD, let me know how I should go about it.
# 2  
Old 12-28-2001
Hi DownSouthMoe

Suggest you consider lilo?

Maybe I am barking up thw wrong tree here.... But my preferance in booting differnt OS's would be (without a doubt) LILO.

It's quite flexible.
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Old 12-30-2001

I considered LILO, but considering my main focus for the next few months will be on Windows2000 and the new .NET (in school, plus taking the MCSA/MCSE track), so I figured it would be more beneficial to me to attempt to use boot.ini instead.

Besides, from what I've seen, it seems like using LILO would've been easier...I'd prefer the more difficult route anyway...maybe I'll try using whatever FreeBSD's method is to boot them all later (once I learn enough about it anyway).
# 4  
Old 12-31-2001
you can do it just as in linux, let's suppose the linux native partition is hda3, and the freebsd partition is hda4, and linux and freebsd are both in a primary partition and the boot loader are both located in it's own partition. in linux you can do this :
dd if=/dev/hda4 of=bootsec.bsd count=1
dd if=/dev/hda3 of=bootsec.lnx count=1
then mv these 2 files into the ntldr's partition
and edit the boot.ini to reflect the files to it's os's partition, then you can use nt's boot loader to load the OS.
good luck!
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