Installing Windows 2003 on IBM x345 with Multiple RAID Arrays

I'm attempting to install Windows 2003 R2 Standard on and IBM Xseries 345.  I created 3 different RAID arrays. Array 1 has 3 disks at RAID 5, Array 2 is 2 Disks at RAID 1 and Array 3 is just 1 disk.  The problem is when I attempt to install Windows 2003 R2 Standard.  It begins just fine, I'm able to boot off the disk and start the initial setup, I'm able to select the correct partition to install Windows and then it copies over all the Windows setup files to the drive. The problem is that once the machine reboots, it never goes back to finish the setup. It just hangs with the classic IBM F1/Floppy/Drive image (can't IBM come up with someone new? I mean I remember seeing that back since the 286 days, but I digress).

I saw out on the IBM website that I believe this is a known issue, basically they are saying that Microsoft enumerates the partitions  in reverse order, and when the operating system goes to reboot, it can't find the correct partition, and the workaround was to select Disk 0/ ID 0/ Bus 0 to install Windows Server on. However I'm not exactly sure how or where to do that. There was 'fix'  on Microsoft's site, however it does me no good at all, as it's an executable that must be run, however I have no OS to run the executable yet.

Has anyone come across this ? Any solutions ?  Any help would be much appreciated...

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vissolAsked:
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ryansotoCommented:
When you boot from the CD to load the OS it comes up to a screen asking where do you want to install the OS to.  It should list 3 disks since you have 3 arrays
Disk 0 1 and 2
You want to install it on disk 0.  I dont know what disk 0 is in your case but its probably the first array you created.
Do you see that section when you boot from the CD?
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vissolAuthor Commented:
Yes, and I choose the first disk/array which was the one containing the space with the 3 disks.

I'm in the process of running a test now to verify this is in fact my issue. I blew away my currnent RAID configuration and recreated 1 array with all 6 disks. Theoretically, Windows should install just fine. Will let you know the outcome.

Thanks for the quick response :)
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ryansotoCommented:
Cool good test.
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vissolAuthor Commented:
Ok my test worked, Windows 2003 went into the setup sequence after all the setup files were copied on the drive and server reboot. I did have to change the boot priority in the server setup from Planar SCSI to Slot 2, Slot 2 is where the Raid controller is installed.  I did do this prior to wiping out my initial RAID configuration (see post 1), however it didn't seem to work. But as you all know when you work on something for hours and it doesn't seem to cooperate, your memory of what you have and haven't done becomes fuzzy

Second test: I'm going to recreate RAID arrays as described in my initial post and double check the boot priority. Will let you know how that goes..

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ryansotoCommented:
You could always create your first array and leave the other disks alone.  Once your done installing then create the arrays from the remaining disks.
Just a thought
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vissolAuthor Commented:
Actually that's a very good idea, if this install doesn't work, I'll try that..

Thanks Ryan, you rock

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vissolAuthor Commented:
Got it working, thanks Ryan
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ryansotoCommented:
10-4 :)
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