[CentOS] Grub configuration from within Windows

Michael Kralka michael.kralka at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 12:00:44 UTC 2009


On Wed, 2009-04-22 at 23:58 +0200, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> My friend uses a typical dual-boot setup (Windows XP and Centos 5.3).
> The machine is online 24/7 and he often uses it from a remote location
> (Linux via ssh -X, Windows via rdesktop).
> 
> The problem is that he wants to be able to remotely configure which of
> these two OSes is to be the default on next reboot, so he can switch
> from one OS to the other and back remotely. If Linux is up, he just
> needs to reconfigure grub.conf, but if Windows is up (and default) he
> has no way of accessing grub.conf.
> 
> Now, he has several partitions on the drive, some ntfs, some vfat and
> some ext3. Is there a clean way of putting grub.conf on a vfat
> partition? Is there a way for Windows to have rw access to ext3
> filesystem (namely, /)? Is there some other way of handling this
> without physical access to the machine while it boots?

http://www.fs-driver.org/

I've used this in the past with great success.
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