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Burning CDs/DVDs in Windows Server 2008

One of the downsides of running Windows Server 2008 as a workstation operating system is the lack of native CD/DVD-burning capabilities. Quite why Microsoft decided that administrators don't need to write optical discs from servers is anybody's guess but it's kept me busy for the last hour or so.

First, I installed the copy of Nero 7 Essentials (v7.8.5.0) that was supplied with my notebook PC. That looked good (apart from the number of "essentials" that it provides) until I came to create a CD and found that it would only let me record to an "Image Recorder" and not to the drive in my notebook (despite having been provided by Fujitsu-Siemens with the computer, it seems that this OEM copy doesn't work with my hardware).

Next up, I tried cdburn.exe from the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit. That didn't want to co-operate with my 64-bit Windows Server 2008 installation (it may work on a 32-bit installation as I used it on my previous machine with Vista).

A few years back, I wrote about Alex Fienman's CreateCD and the latest version is called ISO Recorder. Even though v3 works on 64-bit Windows (Vista and so presumably Server 2008) it didn't recognise my drive.

Then I stumbled across a post from Aali, who had exactly the same issue burning discs in Windows Server 2008 - ImgBurn (v2.4.0.0) successfully burned the .ISO that I'd created with Nero to a blank disc and could even have done the whole job for me.

Update: I later found that ImgBurn and Nero were both quite happy to burn CDs/DVDs for me if I ran them as Administrator.