no i do not see the virtual drive, it is asking for a missing driver....
and then installation is not able to continue past that point...
Exact messaging would help, but if it is saying something like "Missing CD/DVD driver", then your OS media is corrupt (possibly verified by the missing dll message). You may need to burn the ISO at a slower speed, with different software, or a different drive, and you may need to download the ISO again, checking the hash and/or using a download manager if you don't have a clean or fast Internet connection.
Finally we decided to contact Dell Support to pay for help with this issue, only to get told:
Fee based support do not cover OS installation ..... WHAT ????????
See my previous post.
I have installed OS on so many servers from other vendors I lost count, but this Dell have gotton me so far
There is nothing special or unusual about installing an OS on an R610. If you had the experience you said you did, there would be nothing about the R610 that you wouldn't have run into on any previous server or a server from any other brand. I installed and configured 2012 R2 on an R610 as an RDS server last week in little more than an hour.
1. Download ISO. Verify hash/integrity.
2. Burn ISO to USB using reliable image-burning software, drive, and disc.
3. Boot server to Setup and switch boot mode to BIOS.
4. Boot server to CTRL-R utility. Clear configuration, configure AND Initialize RAID array (smaller than 2TB).
5. Boot server to OS installation DVD for OS install. Drives should be shown automatically. (There is the possiblity that your firmware is too old to support the driver natively included in 2012R2.)
6. Install remaining drivers after base OS is installed, starting with chipset. Install OMSA.
Yeah, its annoying as [ADMIN NOTE: Profanity removed per TOU]. I said I would help a friend and am trying to setup his T430 with H330. Its so utterly annoying. I was able to boot to OS from USB, but it didn't recognize the drives correctly. Now I am trying to update the LCC drivers, but it doesn't see the USB.
WAY WAY WAY too much [ADMIN NOTE: Profanity removed per TOU]. Its a T430, keep it simple, its not a [ADMIN NOTE: Profanity removed per TOU] blade.
I have tons of HP, and this is my first DELL.
So, I'm going to start with the basics, since you posted on an existing thread and already you are talking about different hardware. What OS are you trying to install?
Its a T430, keep it simple, its not a blade
If you mean a rack server, the only difference between a rack server and a tower server is the chassis. If you actually meant a blade server, the hardware is a little different - much more compact - but still essentially the same. There certainly wouldn't be any difference installing the OS.
So, you boot to USB and it doesn't see ANY drives or it sees them and has some other problems?
How did you set up the drives in the CTRL-R utility? They MUST be configured in RAID or set as non-RAID.