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kbarton1212
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Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Hi,


Let me start off with this: I was given this server by a friend, and I figured it would be a great learning experience.


I am attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from a USB drive. I have already formatted the USB drive using diskpart and set up the file system as fat32. Next I went to the Windows site and downloaded Windows Server 2008 R2 which is a NTI .iso file and dragged that into the newly formatted USB drive

On the server I already set 'USB Controller - on with bios support' and changed the hard disk drive sequence to have the 'hard disk-emulated USB flash device' at the very top.

Now on the boot sequence screen, after the Press <cntrl-e> for BMC setup, it says 'Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart'

What is wrong here? Shouldn't I be seeing a Windows Server set up screen? I'm sure there is something very basic I'm missing, but any help is appreciated.


Thanks!

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theflash1932
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RE: Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Take the USB out after it reboots the first time Smiley Happy

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theflash1932
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RE: Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Did you set the partition to Active?

DISKPART

SELECT DISK 1 (if indeed '1')

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMART

ACTIVE

FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK

ASSIGN

EXIT

Here, you can usually just copy, but it is not as reliable as:

XCOPY M:\*.* /s/e/f U:

(Where M: is your mounted ISO or DVD and U: is your USB drive.)

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kbarton1212
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RE: Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Thanks! It seems like using XCOPY did the trick. Now this leads into my next question if you don't mind.

I am able to now boot into Install Windows, and I have placed my driver files on a SEPARATE USB. I am able to browse and locate the driver, and select where I want to install it. Once I enter the next screen Installing Windows screen, all 5 checkmarks load 100%, including 'Completing installation'. Then the server restarts and it will take me through this same entire process again once it loads up.

Is it possible the driver is incorrect?

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theflash1932
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RE: Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Take the USB out after it reboots the first time Smiley Happy

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kbarton1212
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RE: Poweredge 2850 - Attempting to install Windows Server 2008 R2 from USB

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Haha! That's too funny. Thanks for all your help I truly do appreciate it!

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