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As most of you may or may not know, Cisco currently only provides non-bootable Unified Communications ISO images on CCO for download. These ISOs are listed as being provided for “upgrades” and hence will not boot.   The only difference between these non-bootable images and a bootable disc is that the bootable disc includes a boot sector file.    Fortunately, this boot sector file can easily be extracted from a bootable disc and then injected into your non-bootable ISO.   To accomplish this, you will need to use some sort of ISO image software such as UltraISO, MagicISO, PowerISO, etc.   I prefer to use UltraISO for its ease of use.



In my example, I am using a bootable Unified Communications Manager 7. 1. 3 DVD for the boot sector file and will inject it into my non-bootable Unified Communications Manager 8. 6 image,   UCSInstall_UCOS_8. 6. 1. 10000-43. sgn (I have on occasion been provided a bootable image from Cisco TAC which generally will read in the format “Bootable_UCSInstall_UCOS_X. X. X. XXXXX-XX. sgn. ISO”).   One thing to make note of is that the boot sector file seems to be independent of application type you are extracting from.   What this means is, I have extracted the boot sector from a CUCM disc and injected into UCCX, CUPS vigor 2000, etc images.


1.   Put a bootable Cisco UC disc into the DVD drive and start UltraISO.   On the Menu, go to Bootable > Extract Boot File from CD/DVD…   Click for larger image


2.   Save the file as “any_name_you_want_. bif”.   It is important you save as . bif!   Click for larger image


3.   Open up your non-bootable image in UltraISO and go to menu Bootable and make sure “Generate Bootinfotable” is checked. Vigor 2000   now select load boot file… browse to the . bif file extracted early and select.   You will notice that the UltraISO Image type will change from “Data CD/DVD” to “Bootable CD/DVD"   Click for larger image


4.   On the Menu go to File > Save As… and save the newly created bootable image as an ISO. I generally stick to the Cisco naming convention and prefix “Bootable”, but you can save as any name desired. [vigor 2000]   Click for larger image


Now that you have the bootable ISO created, you can burn to disc or mount the ISO directly from vigor 2000 VMWare, etc.   Note:  I am pretty certain that this is NOT supported by Cisco, so you are on your own if something blows up.   Use at your own risk!  :)



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