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PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Gentlemen,

I recently accuired a PE 2950 Gen I server. When I boot I can configure remote access and the raid controller. Then the systems boots the OS from the optical drive. This goes well (preparing or copying files) tough when windows launches the "starting windows screen" the system hangs.

Configuration:

  • PE2950 gen I
  • Perc 5/i
  • 1 SAS 73.5Gb drive (did some test with additional drives to but that only complicates the mater) on wich we created a 1 on 1 VD for the controller
  • 32Gb Ram DDR2 FBDimm at 667MHz
  • Bios: 2.70
  • Baseboard managemet: latest 2.3 (do not recall exactly)
  • Xeon 3Ghzz 5000 series at 667
  • Windows 2008 Server R2 (Windows Volume Licence Site .Iso)

I tried:

  •  Waiting (an hour no luck)
  • Server 2012 (same issue)
  • Booting from Dell OS deployment tools (same issue once windows is being loaded)
  • Initialising the HDD's before trying to install OS
  • Ubuntu (works fine)

Does anyone have any options? Preferable to install Win 2012 but Win 2008 R2 will suffice.

 

Kind regards

Morris

 

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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

You may have a bad installation ISO.   You may need to do the following:

◦Download image again

◦Verify hash after download

◦Use a download utility to ensure integrity of file

◦Burn image again

◦Burn image at a slower rate

◦Burn image using different software

◦Burn image using different drive/PC

The hardware is working, since you were able to install Ubuntu successfully.  It sounds like the installation media is having issues.

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Geoff P
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Morris 159
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Gentlemen an update:

 

New copy of windows 2008 R2: does not work, hangs on "starting windows" screen.

WinPE 3.0: hangs on "starting windows" screen

Dell deployment utillity, selected win srv 2008 r2: hangs on "starting windows" screen

Dell deployment utility (old), selected win srv 2003 enterprise (in x86) ==> Works but I am unable to update to a 64 bit system.

 

Anyone any idea's on how to solve this rather bizzare problem? Burn a custom WinPe with Dell perc 5i drivers loaded? Use the server as a paperweight?

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

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Morris 159
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Geoff,

I tried the following:

New copy of windows 2008 R2: no luck (hangs at starting windows)

Windows PE3: no luck (hangs at starting windows)

Windows server 2012: no luck (hangs at starting windows)

Windows server 2012 hyper-v (the free version): no luck (hangs at starting windows)

Windows 2003 x86: works perfectly (With dell deployment tools)

Windows 2003 x64: works perfectly (With dell deployment tools)

Upgrade from working 2003 x64 to a Win 2008 R2 x64: no luck (install works fine, hangs at starting windows)

Considering the fact that I NEED hyper-v I am running out of options. Only thing that I have left would be to trow the darn thing out of the windows if it weren't so heavy ;-)

Please help.

Kind regards

Morris

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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Morris,

Which deployment tool are you using to attempt to install the OS?  You had mentioned it was an older one.

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Geoff P
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Morris, try this, go into the idrac configuration at bootup (Cntrl -E) and choose Virtual Media Configuration, then detach Virtual Media and disable Virtual Flash.
That should do it for you.

 

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Morris 159
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Rey,

I might have been mistaken. The remote acces that is present is only of the BMC and no DRAC or I Drac is present. The problem thus should not be linked to this.

(I can press Ctrl-E but that gives me an interface who just configures the BMC ip-settings and not much more)

Kind regards

Morris

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Morris 159
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Geoff,

I am using the Dell Open Manage: OM 5.2.0 ISM A00

Is there a newer one available?

Kind regards

Morris

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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

Try using the Systems Build and Update utility DVD ISO: http://downloads.dell.com/sysman/cdu_1.6_core_173_A01.iso

Regards,

 

Geoff P
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Re: PE2950 I Windows install hangs on "Starting Windows"

ISM was discontinued years ago and supports only Server 2003.

Various minimum versions of SMTD/SBUU are required for 2008/R2/2012, the latest of which supports them all:

Also, you should make sure your system firmware is up to date before attempting the install, as there can be incompatibilities with later drivers.

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