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I have a Dell server that has a S110 software RAID 1 mirror for the boot disks. When I run the Windows 2012 installer, no drives are found. I searched Dell for drivers but the only one I found for S110 is an .exe file which is unusable during installation. How can I get the drives to show up at installation? Is it even worth it to use the S110 software RAID or should I just use the drive mirroring capability already in Windows?

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Is this a newer Dell? If so try booting to the Lifecycle controller in order to initiate the OS install. –  Mike Naylor Mar 27 '14 at 18:40
Aha thanks, I'm reading about this Lifecycle controller and it sounds very promising. There is an OS deployment page (I'm new to Dell servers). I have to go back to the colocation facility to test as I don't have a KVM over IP. –  Doug Mar 27 '14 at 21:15
Im nota an of it but it is Dells new Open Manage cd replacement. Took me forever to figure it out the first time. –  Mike Naylor Mar 27 '14 at 22:42
This thing is so crazy. So I didn't get an optical drive or iDrac...there is no way to install with Lifecycle controller. I'm going to have to go back to the office and try a USB CD-ROM because you aren't allowed to install from USB flash with Lifecycle controller. –  Doug Mar 31 '14 at 23:01
What kind of server is this? Check the BIOS settings and make sure that the settings allow USB hard drive emulation. It should allow you to boot from a USB drive as I've done it with some of ours. –  Mike Naylor Apr 1 '14 at 12:06

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