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    I am replacing replacing 2 Server 2003 terminal servers that we use to access one of our applications with Server 2008 Enterprise R2 64b machines. In order for the app to run correctly, I need to change the system drive letter on the terminal servers from C:\ to Y:\. I've tried to run a registry find and replace tool, but that didn't work. If I remember correctly, that's what worked on the 2003 servers.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

    You'll have to use WAIK to create a autounattend.xml file to change the system drive letter. Trick with the registry change in Windows 2003 doesn't work on Windows 2008.

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    • #3
      Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

      How about (not tested)
      Share C: as e.g. C_drive
      NET USE Y: \\server\C_Drive
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      • #4
        Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

        Originally posted by Ossian View Post
        How about (not tested)
        Share C: as e.g. C_drive
        NET USE Y: \\server\C_Drive

        Thanks Ossian,
        I'll give that a rey and let you know how it turns out.
        Thanks again for the repsonse.

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        • #5
          Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

          Originally posted by jonab View Post
          You'll have to use WAIK to create a autounattend.xml file to change the system drive letter. Trick with the registry change in Windows 2003 doesn't work on Windows 2008.

          Thanks for the reposonse jonab, I'll give that a try and post the results.

          Thasks again.

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          • #6
            Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

            Badly written application if it requires a driveletter for the system drive.
            Personally I would contact the vendor to resolve this. Why should an app need such requirements
            Or maybe better, find an other vendor who can write applications
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            • #7
              Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

              Until today, no matter what I tried, it seemed impossible to change the system drive letter on a Server 2008 Enterprise machine. And I tried everything!
              Today I installed Windows Server 2003 R2 64bit, changed the drive letter and then upgraded to 2008. So far so good.

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              • #8
                Re: Change system drive letter in Windows Server 2008

                Try using the SUBST command. Yes, DOS still lives in the CMD shell. I did this for an old legacy app. Legacy app means that there could be processor spike issues. Try the START command with the memory tweaks.

                Lots of Luck.

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