Restore from ASR backup on Poweredge Server with no floppy controller on the motherboard
Posted on 2007-10-13
I have a Dell Poweredge 2950 server with the 6 drive back plane. Because of this back plane I have come to understand that there is no floppy controller on the motherboard or anywhere else.
I need to do a directory services restore onto this new Poweredge, from an older server (Exchange/Server2003). I am migrating an old server to the new 2950 which I have successfully done before with other servers. I performed an ASR backup on the old server. Now, when I try to do the restore portion (directory services restore) on to the new server I am prompted for the floppy. I tried a USB floppy drive which I did everything necessary in BIOS that I thought would make it work (I verified this by runnint the W2k3 setup CD and accessing RAID drivers via F6.) I still couldn't get it to work for resotring from the ASR backup.
Is there a workaround? Is there a DELL controller card to add to the system that will allow me to have a floppy. I just can't believe I've purchased an expensive server with no floppy support so there must be a solution! I understand that there you can't do the restore portion without a floppy - but is there a way to get a floppy into a Dell PE2950 with the 6 drive backplane - a dell daughterboard with a floppy controller?
I am hoping there is a Dell guru out there who has run into this.