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I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Web Edition on a Dell Poweredge 2850.

I've configured the RAID following these instructions:

However - when i hit enter to install from the windows install media - it just says it can't find the disks. Is there anything above and beyond what is mentioned in that post or should this just _work_ ?

[edit] This was sorted using a streamlined driver install as suggested by DanBig - thanks guys :)

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Every server manufacturer provides their own CD/DVD for such installations, IBM - SERVERGUID, HP - SMARTSTART, Dell - don't recall the name. Just download it from manufacturer's website. – Vick Vega May 3 '11 at 15:15
I'm trying out Dell OpenManage - this is not as easy as the HP server i installed this morning! – cvista May 3 '11 at 16:39
Maybe, however documentation available on the DELL's site on how to use it. – Vick Vega May 3 '11 at 16:40
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You will need the RAID driver. When you boot from the Windows installation CD it will ask you to press F6 for drivers. Hit F6 and have your RAID driver available on a floppy.

At this point you should see your configured array and be able to install or partition as necessary.

Since you do not have a floppy drive, the only other way to get drivers loaded is to slipstream them into the installation, and burn a new install CD/DVD. Check out nLite to get this done.

Or, install Server 2008, which will most likely have the driver in it's list.

EDIT: As others have mentioned, you could also use the Dell recovery disc that came with the server, or order one from Dell.

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floppy... yeah... about that!! :s any other way of getting the driver in there? – cvista May 3 '11 at 13:52
You may be able to slipstream a new installation disk with the driver, but thats about it. Unless windows has the driver available on the disk, it will only look to a floppy. – DanBig May 3 '11 at 13:54
what about burning it to a cd and swapping it out during install? – cvista May 3 '11 at 13:56
Nope, needs to be found during the scan of the installation CD, and if not found there, will only go to floppy. – DanBig May 3 '11 at 13:58
Is there a Dell server setup CD? That usually bypasses all this floppy disk razzmatazz. – Andrew Rice May 3 '11 at 16:59

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