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PowerEdge 2900 w/ Win Server 2012 R2

Trying to get Windows Server 2012 running on a PowerEdge 2900  (ST B3LPJH1 if that helps)

System has a Perc 6i controller and 8x 1TB SATA drives

I was going to do 500GB for the System drive and use the rest for storage; however, the system does not seem to want to accept that.  Is there a trick to getting that to work?   I'd even accept one giant RAID 5 drive; but, I cannot even get that for some reason

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RE: PowerEdge 2900 w/ Win Server 2012 R2

Hfmike,

What are you seeing when accessing the controller? If you go to the Physical disks can you see all 8 listed, or only a few? If this is the case, I would check to make sure that both the SAS A and SAS B cables are connected from the controller, to the backplane. Also, are you seeing an error when attempting to create the arrays?

Let me know what you see. 

Chris Hawk

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HFMike
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RE: PowerEdge 2900 w/ Win Server 2012 R2

I see all 8 SATA drives

If I set it as one giant RAID 5 array, when it gets to wanting to installing Windows it actually sees all the available space; however, splits it up into two Disks (Unallocated Space) and does not let me delete one and what not

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RE: PowerEdge 2900 w/ Win Server 2012 R2

Likely the issue is the Windows version, which has a 2TB limit for MBR formatted disks. What you can do is create the OS Raid 1 you discussed and then install the OS. After that create the other, larger array, and then after it is initialized format it GPT, which can exceed the 2TB limitations.

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