I have a PE2950 that I am trying to install Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) Enterprise R2/SP2. It has 16GB of RAM, 3 146GB SAS drives set up as Raid 5. I am using the Dell 5.5 Server Assistant/Open Manage CD for initial setup.
After Dell OpenManage finishes, which includes the Windows CD and the system reboots, it hangs at the very beginning of the initial Windows setup (blue screen).
I have swapped CPUs and Memory plus rebulit the RAID a few times to include moving the drives around.
The interesting thing about this is I have built an identical server (a few hrs prior) with the same exact CDs with no issue.
First thing to try, if you have a DRAC card in the system, disable the virtual media. I highly suggest you use the dell 6.2 dvd to install the OS, it would have updated drivers and updated openmanage.
Download the two ISO file segments to a new, empty folder and concatenate them. Create a single DVD image file using the following commands:
Windows: copy /b OM* OM_620_SMTD_A00.iso
Linux: cat OM* > OM_620_SMTD_A00.iso
Couple of things:
Thanks for the reply.
Make sure you have both ISO images for SBUU 6.2:- Have the latest disks from a new server purchase
Make sure you are using Windows media with Service Pack 2. :- Check Using Windows 2003 X64 r2 SP2
Are you using VL media downloaded from Microsoft?:- Valid media from the MS download site
Rebuilding 2 servers.. identical server bios firmware etc... One built without issue the other fails