installing windows server 2003 on new PC

Hewlett-packard Proliant microserver 612...
February 20, 2011 at 02:39:14
Specs: Windows Server 2003, AMD Athlon/1GB
I have just unpacked a new HP Proliant Microserver and installed a ODD. Configured Bios to boot from ODD then HDD. I have licensed Windows Server 2003 disks. On selecting Windows set-up it reports "cannot find Hard drives .." yet I have used a bootable CD with Partition Wizard which does 'see' the SATA Seagate 250GB drive. Its ages since I did this with a PC using FDISK etc. Any suggestions ?

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February 20, 2011 at 02:59:13
You need to load the SATA drivers at boot time as the Windows CD doesn't contain them. Press F6 as the CD is booting and then insert a floppy disk containing the drivers (I believe you can use a CD or a USB stick if you don't have a floppy drive).

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February 20, 2011 at 04:16:29
Thank you for speedy reply - I have also noticed that by changing BIOS config to IDE it goes further and sees the drive. I then was able to install the o/s and my next step is to install the drivers for SATA as suggested and take it from there :) Thank you

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August 30, 2011 at 15:44:09
You can install Win 2k3 on a HP Microserver (Raid) but you will need the following software
1) nlite
2) Nero burning software or equalivent.
3) Isobuster
4) w2k3 Raid driver for the Microserver found here

Copy the content of the win2k3 to your hdd
Start nlite and point it to where you extracted the w2k3
click drivers and select multiple drivers and point it to where you extracted the w2k3 drivers and only select the drivers for your os e.g x86 or x64 only
complete the nlite process

Start up isobuster and go to " bootable disc" and extract the Microsoft corporation.img

Fireup Nero and choose cdrom (boot), and for the img file point it to where you saved the microsoft corporation.img
enable expert setting and set "no emulation" and the number of loaded sectors to 4
after that go to where you extracted the w2k3 content and drag that into what you want burned.
Finally burn the compilation.
Job done

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