Flashing without Microsoft or floppy drives
Ran into an issue where we had to flash upgrade some firmware in a server. As usual, firmware downloads came as MS-DOS programs, and told you to put them on a bootable DOS floppy disk and boot from it. This is becoming a real pain in the ass — who actually uses that Microsoft crap anymore? :) Also, what server has a floppy drive?
So, we improvise. Grab this FreeDOS boot disk. Mount in Linux:
sudo mount -o loop boot.img /mnt
Copy whatever files were provided by the vendor (hint: unzip handles most Windows self-extracting .exe’s) into /mnt.
sudo umount /mnt
Build a CD image:
mkdir cdimage mkdir cdimage/boot cp boot.img cdimage/boot mkisofs -r -b boot/boot.img -c boot/boot.catalog -o cdimage.iso cdimage
Then burn with your favorite CD burning program. Presto!