dell poweredge 6600 will not boot

October 28, 2018 at 19:22:16
Specs: windows server 2003 standard
I have an Dell Poweredge 6600 that won't boot.
It is a database server, still running server 2003 (yes I know, but unfortunately it is necessary)
The error message is 'ntsoknl.exe missing or corrupted'.
I have verified the boot order in the setup to allow it to boot to cd in order to access the command console to replace the file, however I cannot get it to boot to the cd. (I have also confirmed other machines can boot to the disk without issue)
I seem to recall something 'odd' about booting to cd on this particular poweredge model - maybe a hotkey? but cannot, for the life of me, remember what it was, and have been looking for days to try and find the information.
Since the machine is so old even getting information from Dell itself is proving difficult to obtain.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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#1
October 28, 2018 at 20:54:05
Did you try F8 at boot up?
Look at this search for other clues:
https://www.google.com/search?q=del...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
October 29, 2018 at 06:12:14
Thank you for responding Fingers!
Yes, I tried F8, it did not help.
I also thank you for posting the link, but nothing in there helped either, as I have already tried all that it suggested.
I will keep looking, tho, as I must get this machine back up...like yesterday
*sigh*

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#3
October 29, 2018 at 09:03:24
I FINALLY got it to boot to the installation cd, but now when I even attempt to access the system directory I get 'access denied'.
Any suggestions from ANYone on how I can get the ntsokrnl.exe copied over?
This is seriously on my last nerve ...

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#4
October 29, 2018 at 21:30:30
What about these:
https://www.google.com/search?q=rep...

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