Creating a Bootable ISO from Cisco Non-Bootable Updates

There’s plenty of great posts out there on how to make bootable CUCM/Collaboration media with paid GUI software such as UltraISO or free command line utilities like cdrtools. Inspired by those bloggers, I wanted to share a method to create bootable media that features the best of both worlds: open source utilities with easy to use interfaces, all for the low low price of free.

Software you’ll need:

7-Zip / cdrtfe

First, find an existing bootable CUCM ISO (a Red Hat or CentOS live cd will do the trick as well) and open it in 7zip.

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Find the isolinux directory, highlight it, and click Extract. Choose where to save the files.

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Next, take your non-bootable update dvd from Cisco and extract the contents with 7zip by right clicking the ISO -> 7-Zip -> Extract to….

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Copy the isolinux directory you extracted earlier to the newly extracted Cisco ISO folder, overwriting any duplicate files.

Now open cdrtfe. Under the Data Disc tab click Options.

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Under ISO image, select Use image, and browse to a location to store the finished ISO. Check Create image only, do not burn. Click Ok.

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Next, click the File System button. Check the following options: Create boot disc, No disc emulation, and Create boot info table. Under the Boot image field, browse to the copied isolinux directory of your extracted ISO folder and select isolinux.bin. Click Ok.

2016-07-12 20_44_37-mkisofs - OptionsIn file explorer, browse to your extracted ISO folder and copy over all the files and folders into the cdrfte window.

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5 thoughts on “Creating a Bootable ISO from Cisco Non-Bootable Updates”

  1. hi…

    I’ve been looking for something like this for 2yrs… until I got hacked I didn’t realize you needed two windows OS just to create a boot disk/USB for fix one… I was even more shocked with I couldn’t find any online set that offered just what Cisco is delivered…


  2. Thank you! This saves a ton of time! My older unzipping utility was apparently corrupting the structure (or maybe not unzipping some of the longer folder structures). Either way, switching to 7Zip was what I needed to do!

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