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Windows Server® 2012 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 3. Boot Configuration

Boot from hardware and firmware

Boot environment essentials

Managing startup and boot configuration

Managing the Boot Configuration Data store and its entries

UNLIKE early releases of server operating systems for Microsoft Windows, Windows Server 2012 doesn’t boot from an initialization file. Instead, the operating system uses the Windows Boot Manager to initialize and start the operating system. The boot environment dramatically changes the way the operating system starts, and it is designed to resolve issues related to boot integrity, operating system integrity, and firmware abstraction. The boot environment is loaded prior to the operating system, making it a pre-operating system environment. This ensures that the ...

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