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Use unetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) and write the ISO to the usb drive. I've done it before, and it works great.


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Download the iso of esxi from dell with their drivers added. Browse to the webpage of your drac and open a console view. Mount the iso and boot off it. (to boot esx from USB install to the USB stick rather than the HD) You can also install (not boot) ESXi from PXE network boot or with physical access use a USB CD drive.


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This is potentially a little weird; but consider powering off and removing/reseating the hardware key for the RAID. I don't specifically know for your model; but many Dell's have a tiny little daughter card for this purpose.


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Dell PERC daughtercards have a tendency to wiggle their way slightly out of their socket, usually as a result of careful handling by the shipping company. ;-) Many on-boot RAID controller problems on Dells can be resolved by simply removing the daughtercard and then reseating it. Note the blue circles on the card, those are the places where you should ...


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Maybe the Video-Adapter was disabled in BIOS? Sometimes people disable the onboard video after setting up ssh and/or use COM instead because you don't want to carry a monitor+keyboard to your server room when you got a laptop (only few servers allow disabling of the primary video if there is no secondary present, though). Try the following to reset BIOS to ...


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An interesting side-node, check out scsi 2:0:0:0 and 2:0:1:0 there, those seem to be the component disks of the RAID? Odd that they're exposed directly. But, anyway, scsi 2:1:0:0 pops up after, which is the RAID disk. It is finding the partitions on the correct ID, scsi 2:1:0:0, so all is well - the problem is that the disk is ready at 38 seconds, and the ...


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The Dell R900 is a quad-socket RAM and CPU-optimized server platform. The internal disk place is limited because it's intended to be connected to some form of shared-storage. PCI-X is defunct. This is not a server you'd want in your home. 5TB internal storage: There isn't much space for disk inside the chassis. Yes, this can be connected to an external ...


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Yes, you can install a modern OS on this server. It's just about the oldest system that would support a 64-bit OS. (Intel 7100-series CPUs, I presume?) Now, is it worth using this system? Not from a heat, power, noise or space/footprint perspective. But if you have it and want to use it... sure, go nutty!! Ubuntu should install without issue or the need ...



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