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MAJOR problem when trying to install Windows Server 2003

Hi all,

I've got a MAJOR problem when trying to install Windows Server 2003.

As far as I can tell my server seems to be in good working health, but everytime I attempt to install the OS it hangs at 34min.
I've read the knowledge base articles from MS about this and extracted a few logs, and as far as I can tell the issue is located from this log: http://www.zen87038.zen.co.uk/setupact1.log

This extract from the log shows an issue at the bottom, but I have NO IDEA how to fix this.

Setup invoked the external program C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c start C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe.
D:\I386\NT5INF.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\NT5INF.CAT.
D:\I386\NT5.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\NT5.CAT.
D:\I386\SP1.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\SP1.CAT.
D:\I386\NTPRINT.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\NTPRINT.CAT.
D:\I386\NT5IIS.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\NT5IIS.CAT.
D:\I386\FP5.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\FP5.CAT.
D:\I386\IMS.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\IMS.CAT.
D:\I386\INS.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\INS.CAT.
D:\I386\WMSocm.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\WMSocm.CAT.
D:\I386\IASNT4.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\IASNT4.CAT.
D:\I386\MSTSWEB.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\MSTSWEB.CAT.
D:\I386\OEMBIOS.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\OEMBIOS.CAT.
D:\I386\FXSCAT.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\FXSCAT.CAT.
D:\I386\sasetup.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\sasetup.CAT.
D:\I386\adminpak.CA_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\adminpak.CAT.
D:\I386\admt.ca_ was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\admt.cat.
D:\I386\UDDI.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\UDDI.CAT.
D:\I386\SCW.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\SCW.CAT.
D:\I386\NETFX.CAT was copied to C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\NETFX.CAT.
The external program RUNDLL32 shell32,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,/f:"C:\WINDOWS\system32\$winnt$.inf" /s:"D:\I386" returned exit code 0.
NetSetup: SetupMode: 0x1, ProductType: 0x2, OperationFlags: 0x8000

I've tried different media, repair options, manually copied the file to the location on the disk, removed and re-created the RAID array, re-set the BIOS. I'm out of options to get this server working and in need of expert assistance!!

HELP! :(

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Looks like you have some hardware not on the Hardware Compatability List which Windows Does not like. Try removing/disabling anything not essential.
Nicola_BourneAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I've pretty much pulled anything I don't need that is actually able to be removed...
Nicola_BourneAuthor Commented:
OK - Problem half solved. RAID array was the culprit, thing is now I am without my RAID setup.

Can anyone advise on if and how it is possible to setup a RAID array on a system that has already been installed? I.e. if I install the OS on disk 1 as it is, then once its all up and running can I re-install the RAID controller and re-set up the array?

I don't know much about RAID at all I'm afraid, my original plan was to have disk 1 and 2 in RAID 0 for OS speed and response, and then disk 3,4 and 5 in RAID 5 for redundancy.

I would LOVE to get this setup, but if I cannot get it installed during the setup of the OS (array seems to be functioning totally fine, just the OS setup wont have it for some reason!!)

If I need to put this into another question I will do so.

Many thanks

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