I've spent all day trying to rebuild my server - and after 5 hours managed to get it to start accepting the restore CD.
Basically - I have 2 hard drives connected to a PCI Dell SAS 5 Host Bus Adapter. I was having so much trouble with Windows detecting a drive when I was trying to use the restore CD, so I disconnected everything and plugged 1 dive into a SATA port on the motherboard. Finally everything started to install. With everything setup on HD1, I disconnected it and plugged in HD2 to format it clean; which was successful.
With everything seeming to go to plan, I reseated the PCI adapter, connected up the HDs and powered on. The dives were detected in the boot-up BIOS run, and then you see the SBS Splash Screen loading - but after 2 seconds, the machine just reboots.
Where have I gone wrong with the RAID device. I was hoping it would use HD1 (in slot 1) to boot, and see HD2 sitting there empty.
Anyone have any ideas?