Make a non-bootable ISO image bootable For whatever reason, Cisco only
post "non-bootable" ISO images on CCO for download. In some urgent
situations, you might need a bootable disc to recover the system (or
your client/boss would shoot you in the head). Here's the procedure to
make a non-bootable ISO image bootable.
Before you continue, be aware that this procedure is NOT approved by
Cisco. Neither Cisco nor I will be responsible for any loss caused by
Any bootable disc has to follow "El Torito" specification. No
exception for Cisco discs. The only difference between a bootable disc
and non-bootable disc is the "boot sector". Thus the solution is very
simple - extract the boot sector from a bootable disc and inject it
into a non-bootable disc.
The boot sector is a very small file (usually less than 10k). And the
boot sector is usually content independent (i.e. you may extract the
boot sector from CUCM 7.1.3 and inject it into 7.1.5). You may save
the boot sector on your USB thumb drive and keep it handy.
To extract/inject the boot sector, you need some disc image tools like
UltraISO. (You may also use other ISO tools with similar features)
Step 1: Get the boot file
There are two ways to get a boot file - extract from the DVD's file
system (regardless bootable or not) or extract from a bootable DVD's
Option 1: Extract from DVD's file system (regardless bootable or not)
This option is preferred as you don't have to find another bootable
disc or ISO file.
The boot file should be available on any CUCM DVD, regardless bootable
or not. It is located in the "isolinux" folder. File name is
Extract and save the isolinux.bin file to your hard drive. We'll need
to use that later.
Option 2: Extract the boot sector from a bootable DVD
If for some reason, you were not able to find/extract the isolinux.bin
file, you may extract the boot file from a bootable disc (or ISO
Put a bootable CUCM disc into the DVD drive and launch UltraISO. Go to
menu "Bootable > Extract Boot File from CD/DVD..."
Save the file to your hard drive as a "boot info file" (bif). In our
example, we call it "boot.bif"
Step 2: Inject the boot file
Open the non-bootable image in UltraISO. Go to menu "Bootable". Make
sure "Generate Bootinfotable" was checked (it will NOT work without
this option). Then choose "Load Boot File...".
Choose the boot file we saved before (isolinux.bin or boot.bif).
Note that the image type changed to "Bootable".
Now, you may go to "File > Save As" to save the bootable image to an
ISO file. Then you may burn the ISO to a disc with your favorite disc