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I have a compaq DL380 server that has a CD drive but I need to install an OS from a DVD. This server doesn't have an OS on it and the drivers for the NIC card are supposed to run from a Windows platform, not DOS.
I need to make a bootdisk somehow that will map to a shared drive on another computer in the network, but if I can't get a DOS compatible driver for the NIC how am I supposed to map the drive to the other computer?

Any ideas anyone?
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What is your network environment? Does it need to mount NFS, map a drive to a NetWare server, what? We're Experts, not mindreaders, you need to tell us about your environment. As far as we know, you're on SNA in an IBM mainframe shop.
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it's a Windows network.
Going from the Compaq DL380 Server to a Windows 2003 share.
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you could try this, but i'm not sure if it would work under win2003

http://www.wown.info/j_helmig/dosclien.htm
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Well I got the disk to work and map to the drive, however, it's telling me now that there is an internal error and that it can't find a place for a swap file. I was reading some stuff on HP/Compaq that was saying that it could be because 2003 may not support the RAID configuration that some servers may use. This one is just using a mirror between two SCSI HD's.
Is there any way around this?
I have to run the winnt.exe from the share because I don't have a bootable DVD and Server 2003 is on a DVD.
How can I get around this swap file problem??
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by:wlandymore
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found that if I mapped to the drive and then copied the folders I needed (like i386) to the HD, after I had formatted it, I could then install it from there and then delete the install files after. Bit of a pain just to install an OS.
Does anyone know of a place that makes an external DVD drive that you could plug into a computer that doesn't have an OS and install one from a bootable DVD??
In other words, an external drive that you could boot a computer from...
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You could buy an external CD (USB), and boot from it..

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/usb-boot.mspx


List of external CD Drives

http://www.everythingusb.com/hardware/Storage/CD_&_DVD_Drives.htm
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I said DVD as you can see in the post before. I have the OS on DVD and I don't have a DVD drive. With this type of server it's not just as simple as plunking a DVD drive in there....that's why I need a DVD drive that I can attach with USB and boot from.

DVD!!!!
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There is USB DVD Drives in the second link I gave you btw..
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yeah, but I can find an external DVD drive anywhere on the internet.
I'm looking for one that I can boot from.
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someone who made it work.. with a dvd drive.. i'm pretty sure you can boot on all of em.. you'll have to contact the manifacturer to learn more before buying it.

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&threadm=sdke7.2049%24Wm3.1320999%40news1.rdc1.sfba.home.com&rnum=1&prev=/groups%3Fq%3Dboot%2520from%2520external%2520dvd%2520drive%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN%26tab%3Dwg
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talked to Sony about this and they said it couldn't be booted from the drive.
I guess there's no solution to this one. Those that have a CD and need to boot from it have to get Microsoft to send out the .ISO or the CD. Otherwise you need a DVD drive I guess....

thanks for trying guys.
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