Install operating system on new server after configuring hard disks as mirror array
Posted on 2007-07-30
I recently purchased a new IBM server with 2 x 250 GB hard disks. I am having some difficulty now in configuring this server. Here is what I have done so far.
When I boot the server, I enter the Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility and then use the Disk Utility to perform a low-level format on each of the drives. Then I created my mirror array. This appears to have been done successfully because the array shows status "Optimal" and both drives are "healthy".
(Secondary question: Once I have configured my array, there are two options I am confused about. One is to "Enable the Write Cache", and the other is "Make the Array bootable". Should I be doing either of these steps?)
Then when I insert my Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 CD into the drive, the machine then starts the setup program and begins copying the necessary files into memory. Then once all files have been loaded into memory, it then says "Press Enter to continue loading Windows . . ." When I do this, it immediately returns with a message saying "Windows did not find any Hard Disk Drives . . ."
Can someone explain what I am doing wrong and why I cannot get this machine to install the OS?
Thanks for your help.