If you can't boot the Recovery Console from the four Setup disks, the CD-ROM, the installed menu option, or a Boot Floppy, you may be able boot the Recovery Console from the network, using the Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) or if the NIC supports the Remote Install boot floppy disk PXE emulator.
To do this you can use RIS to boot the client into text-mode Setup, and then select the Recovery Console.
NOTE: The following process resets the computer's machine account in Active Directory. The computer will have to rejoin the domain. DO NOT try this on a domain controller.
To add this option to the RIS server, create a .sif template that is ACL accessible by Administrators only. The .sif file contains:
\[data\] floppyless = "1" msdosinitiated = "1" OriSrc = "\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%" OriTyp = "4" LocalSourceOnCD = 1 \[SetupData\] OsLoadOptions = "/noguiboot /fastdetect" SetupSourceDevice ="\Device\LanmanRedirector\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%" \[UserData\] FullName = "%USERFULLNAME%" OrgName = "%ORGNAME%" ComputerName = %MACHINENAME% \[RemoteInstall\] Repartition = no \[OSChooser\] Description ="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional - Recovery Console" Help ="Allows user to perform repair operations, without local media, of a Windows Professional installation." LaunchFile = "%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE%\templates\startrom.com" ImageType =Flat Version="5.0"NOTE: The Repartition = no and the \[UserData\] section are required.
When the Welcome To Setup screen appears, either press F10 or R to repair, and then press C for the Recovery Console.
NOTE: When the repairs are complete, you MUST rejoin the domain.