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OS installs on F: partition only when using Avocent USB KVM

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Hey Guys, this one has me stumped.

We have several scripted unattended server build methods, RIS, DVD.  Both have been working flawlessly for years.  

Recently we started using Avocent KVM switches.  These switches have the ability to provide remote floppy/CD via the USB dongle that provides the keyboard/mouse.  

The problem is the OS detects the USB virtual disks (floppy/CD) during the CD based setup and after the OS installs it is on the F: partition as opposed to the C: partition if we didn't use the Avocent KVM.  

The server BIOS doesn't allow me to disable only the USB storage, it will only disable the USB ports, so I can't do that since I need that for keybaord/mouse.

Is there a way in the unattended setup to force the OS partition to be C: or prevent USB mass storage detection during the setup?  Diskpart isn't much good since, the OS is already installed and it won't let me change the boot partition.

Any help would be great.
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by:inbarasan
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Dear Pber,
If you are using Dell server you can use Dell Open manage CD and install the OS. This will create a answer and install the OS for you with all the drivers.

I belive that it will be same case with all the other vendors. You may check using that. Meanwhile you may also check for recent firmware for Avocent switch and upgrade it and test.

Hope this helps

Cheers!
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I could imagine that would be prone to the same problem.  We automate as much as we can.  So we use the Dell DTK on our DVD to do bare metal installs.  So the install is fully automated: load the DVD, select the OS, Windows setup will stop once to select partition size and that is it.... scripted OS install in 15 minutes.  We use the same DVD for HP hardware and it is causing the same problem.

The problem even occurs if I grab a Select CD from M$ and do a manual CD build.  The USB mass storage is detected during the blue screen setup and you can see it in the Partition selection menu.


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by:Pber
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Found one way of doing it.  If I remove the usbstor driver from the txtsetup.sif file.  This seems to get around the USB drives showing up.  But poses me another problem of not being allowed to F6 and add 3rd party drivers if needed.  Not really a good solution.

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