Restore from ASR backup on Poweredge Server with no floppy controller on the motherboard

Posted on 2007-10-13
Last Modified: 2008-09-19
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.
Question by:ericjamesg
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    Just a thought.....
    What about booting to a USB flashdrive that is prepped to be bootable?
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    Or make a bootable CD with the ASR info on it???

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    Well, after further discussion with Dell - the floppy controller is there.  It is right where you'd expect it to be :)  Remove the colling shroud, 4 fans, the sas daughterboard, front control pannel and lift up the fan bracket and it is right there :)

    Floppy Drive part number is CR620 and the floppy cable part number is TX988. The Spare Parts Department can be reached at 1-800-372-3355 for pricing and availability.

    Thanks for your suggestions.  

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