I know I shouldn't use 2k3 however, it's all I have and this is a learning machine. I've decided to start from scratch and download the Dell DVD ISO - Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation, v.6.5.0, A01. There are two iso's, I am able to download ISO image 2 but not ISO image 1. Any ideas? Tried to login to FTP.dell.com and it doesnt recognize my user name and password. I assume its the same as the http community support site? Here is the link to the page for the downloads for SMTD...
Thanks for the reply, so do I just burn that file to a disk and pop it into the CDROM when it asks for the OMSA? I have a feeling it's not that easy...
Deselect the install of OpenManage during the OS install. That IS that easy. You can always install OMSA after the OS is installed.
Trying to download SMTB and I can't download the image 1 of the ISO, image 2 download fine. I get the following the error message:
An error occurred while processing your request.
I de-selected the OpenManage install and got this error at 15% while:
"unrecoverable error while copying system build and update utility media. The CDROM or DVDROM may be damaged or unreadable. The installation process cannot proceed, please power off your system and try the install again after a reboot""
You can't "log in" to Dell's FTP. You must browse it via web browser.
I don't know what is wrong with image 2 ... seems to be downloading fine for me, but at 12Mbps, it may take a while to discover a problem.
As for using Server 2003 ... much of what you learn with 2003 is obsolete and/or outdated. Download the evaluation for Server 2008 or 2012 ... the evaluation is good for 180 days. Installation will be much easier and you will benefit more from what you learn using a modern OS.
Just wanted to give an update... for the sake of making old things work...I decided to keep persisting on the installation of Win2k3 Std and I had success. I wanted to say thank you to the people who responded to my questions. It helped me stumble my way through. What I did to make it work, is download SMTD ISO images 1 & 2 from dell ftp site using "SmartFTP" client and merged them into 1 ISO with the "copy" command at DOS prompt and burned it to a disk with Power ISO. Popped the disk in to my PowerEdge 840 and booted to it and everything went smooth from there.