I am trying to install Windows Web Server 2008 x64 (have tried 32-bit, too) onto an IBM eServer 326m and am getting the following error message some time after the unpacking files section:
Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed.
I can repair the boot information using the Repair option in the WinPE bit of the setup, and it reboots into the Windows installation, so it has good boot data on the drive.
Just to complicate things, the server does not have a DVD-ROM so I'm installing from HDD to HDD, both SATA, one an SSD. I've tried each drive in isolation, e.g. removing the SSD and installing from spindle onto itself, same error every time.
Flashed IBM BIOS, too.
Thanks for your help.
Windows setup, when run right from booting the WinPE bit gives:
Required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing.
And will not continue. I thought this was a quirk of running setup from the disk so I've previously exited and gone into the command shell and ran setup from the \Sources folder on the media (copied to the HDD) and not the \Sources in the RAM disk.
This works, but gives the original problem above. I'm thinking that the two issues are related. Two different articles on Technet point to the UpperFilter registry entry but for both errors.
There's clearly a driver missing. Even though setup can see and use my drives, it doesn't like something. Being an IBM server, the software for it is typical IBM garbage.
I can't understand how putting a PC in a long thin case makes them suddenly need 100 BIOS updates and 50 bespoke drivers. No wonder Google use desktop PCs as servers.
Windows 2003 Server (64) has gone on fine with just the single SSD online. When I connect the other SATA drive (stock IBM part), the POST boot just halts at the point where it should hand off to the boot sectors; just a flashing cursor, top left.
My current focus is now on SATA drivers for the the machine - says its a ServerWorks, Broadcom controller but cannot find a driver anywhere.
I finally figured out the right Update Xpress CD to run (4.05 CD1) in Windows and boot from DOS (I chose to upgrade the ISMP (whatever that is), which defaulted to 'don't update' for some reason), and now I can attach the other HDD. Hope this good behaviour sticks.
Even though the LSI Logic SCSI adapter was disabled the last time I looked, it does show in Windows and now with the right driver, I think. No more yellow ! bad devices.
Painful work but I Will try upgrading to 2008 Server soon.