Installing Win2k3 W/o RAID/SCSI drivers

Shamus MacNoob

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How about ILO are you saying this so called Dell server has no way to get into it and load drivers without an OS? I think you need to call Dell I am sure they have something they can use to help.
 

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As stated earlier, the USB is not bootable on this computer. The only thing that I can boot from are the HDD, The CD drive, or NIC.

It turns out that I am going to need the drivers too. The ones on the Dell website are completely useless (you have to install them on the server once it is already running). There is no INF file in the bunch (that I can see anyway) to slipstream with.

I'm stuck. :(
That's not entirely accurate. Yes you have to download the files as extractable-executables, but you can do it on another machine. Download the file, double-click to extract, and cancel the install. That will extract the files for you, so you can grab the files you need.

Do it on your own rig or a test box, I've done it more times than I can count when setting up our global sysprep image for the entire line of laptops/desktops.
 

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ooooo I didnt know about that. Downloading now.

Thanks! Let's see if this works.
 

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Why not use the Dell Installation and Management CD to install the Windows Server?

It is very similar to HP SmartStart and allows you to configure the server prior to the OS being installed.

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R107680&SystemID=PWE_PNT_P3C_1400_SC&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=10655&devlib=0&typecnt=1&vercnt=3&formatcnt=1&libid=36&fileid=142800
Thats exactly what I was thinking there had to be something like smart start
 

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dells installer is called open manage and works the same as smart start for HP ... great to keep the latest version of that start disc handy at all times in an all dell env.
 

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I would call Dell they have a bad habit of not sending the cd's you need to beg them for it.
 

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I think I might be onto something. I found a CD in the box that the server came in. I didn't open the thing, so I didnt know that it came with it. I have a CD that works now, now I just need to burn the image of the OS! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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And it is up and running! Thank you for the idea on using the CD!
 
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Didn't know Dell made a version like that, nice suggestion matt_______
 

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