wguyth
1 Copper

Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

I'm trying to install Windows Home Server on a Dell PowerEdge 1800 and have a question about this.

The server used to have Windows Server 2003, and prior to that Windows Small Business Server.

I start the install of Windows Home Server, and it initializes fine, even gets to the point to prompt me to add additional drivers for my Raid5 SCSI drives.

The install continues to format the Hard drives and copies installation files.

Afterwards, the system reboots but on startup it launches Windows Server Setup for Windows Small Business Server.  

My question is, has anyone sucessfully installed Windows Home Server and is this normal?

By the way, I'm using a downloaded image of the 120 Day trial image for Windows Home server.  Any information out there would be very helpful.

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grm139
2 Iron

Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

Yes, it is normal.  Windows Home server shares installation engine and kernel with Windows SBS, you will not see the Home Server labels on the first few phases of the installation.

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fieldm
1 Copper

Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

I'm interested in installing WHS on my Dell PowerEdge 1800, and I would be interested in knowing what raid card you have and what drivers you used.

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Kaerka
1 Nickel

Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

I've installed WHS on both a virtual machine and a physical machine, and in both cases saw the Server 2003 SBS screens.

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Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

I can't even get WHS 2011 to see my SCSI RAID drive (6x300gb SCSI U320). None of the driver on Dell work (for any version), however WHS 1 can see the scsi raid drive and in fact was running WHS 1 when trying to install 2011 over it. What SCSI driver did you use?  Perhaps you can share them? Tell me how you got 2011 to see the PERC 4/dc. I have ungraded the SCSI controller firmware and have updated the system bios to no avail.

Please help out a fellow WHS geek, we're a dying breed.

 

Thanks

 

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theflash1932
6 Indium

Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

The PERC 4/DC isn't supported by Dell with 2008 R2+, but the 4e controllers are ... there may or may not be a good technical reason for that.  Some ideas though:

Did you configure RAID first?  The PERC's do not support non-RAID, so the OS can only see the "virtual disk" that the RAID controller presents to it.  This is done in the CTRL-M utility.

Since 2008R2 and 2011 do not have the PERC 4 drivers built-in, you can either try the 2008R2 drivers for the 4e/DC controller or try the 2003x64 driver for the 4/DC.

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Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

Yes I configured the RAID array first with the built in bios management.

Have done this many times. Like I said WHS version 1 is able to see and

install onto the RAID array. 2003 server see's it as well. I tried all Dell

has to offer (2003, 2003 64b, 2008R2, 2008 32b and 2008 64b drivers). Even

went to LSI looking for driver and found the same driver Dell is using.

If I picked up a used 4e controller would that work in a PE1800?

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theflash1932
6 Indium

Re: Installing Windows Home Server on PowerEdge 1800

Sorry if some of it is basic, but your post said nothing to indicate what you knew and your level of experience/expertise ... no worries, they are very common mistakes to make, and it never hurts to make sure the basics are covered.

WHS 1 is based on 2003, WHS 2011 is based on 2008R2, so the drivers they use are different, and Microsoft dropped support for scsiport drivers in 2008R2, so drivers had to come from the manufacturers, if supported.

Dell has a 4e/DC driver for 2008R2 (where they do not for the older 4/DC).

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