How do I make a new Dell OpenManager Server Assistant CD for NT4 and a PE2400?

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I've inherited a PE2400 and need to install NT4.    

A straight NT install ends in a blue screen of death.   Dell says to us the Server Assistant CD, which of course I don't have.


Issue 1:    Dell says to use DOSA version 5.0+.   All I've been able to find is version 4.5.    

Issue 2:   How do I make a new DOSA CD?

2 Days on this on so far....#$^#%&^     Thanks
Question by:jdekeyrel
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    The server assistant CD is not REQUIRED, but it does help greatly as it makes sure you have all the correct drivers for the hardware/OS.  If you go to Dell's web site, you can download the NT Drivers for the equipment.

    What I'd suggest is copying the source of an NT CD to the hard disk, then downloading the approriate drivers, then using this link:
    I'd customize the install directory on the hard drive.  Then run setup from there.  The Server CD essentially puts together the unattend.txt, OEM files, etc., so doing things this way will effectively reproduce the CD on the hard disk.

    Of course, if you can tell us what the Blue Screen Says we might not need to do all that - NT Blue Screens can, about half the time actually provide useful info.
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    un fortunatly you cant make a dosa cd, the only ways to get tham are when they shipped with the system and if you get an openmanage subscription, abd as leew said it not required does make install a little easier, what error are you getting on the blue screen it may be pointing to a hardware issue or other issue.
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    new DOSA CDs probably won't support NT4 anyway
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    You may need the correct driver for your HD Controller,  When beginning your NT installation you'll be asked for third party Disk Controller Drivers. Here you need to press F6, then insert your floppy with the controllers Driver. With some luck you may now get beyond the point where your previous installation didn't succeed before.

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