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How to install windows server 2008 on dell poweredge 1600sc?

I have a Dell PowerEdge 1600sc server which came with windows server 2003 and now I bought a new HD and want to install windows server 2008. There is a software that came with the computer to setup a HD for installation but it only supports up to windows server 2003. Does anyone know where I can find a newer version or how in general I can install windows server 2008?


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8/22/2022 - Mon

I'm not sure if that Dell server is "rated" for Server 2008, reguardless, I'll give you some background on the Dell Server OS Install Process. The server install disk included with the server is basically a PE (pre-installation environment) daemon for the Microsoft Server disk. You boot off the Dell disk, you get to pick your partitioning, and optionally pre enter your CD key, and other various settings. You hit go, and this is what happens:

-It plops a 31MB FAT partition at the beginning of your system drive. (contains boot up diagnostics/sometimes a boot loader of sorts)
-It makes the other partitions as you specified
-It starts and runs the Microsoft Server Installation (it prompts you for the install disk)
-It installs, using dell's SATA/RAID drivers pre-configured, and also installs your Dell OEM Windows Activation information

System reboots, and it appears to be a regular Server 2003 machine.

Your issues are:

1. Your dell disk does not work with Server 2008 (program requirements)
2. Your dell disk does not contain a SATA driver that will suffice in server 2008
3. The dell activation file won't do you any good, as it's for server 2003

So there are two ways to go about this:

Does dell have a newer Server Install disk? Maybe one for (or at least compatible with) server 2008? They have loads and loads of them in a huge FTP repository.

Or your other option, do it on your own:
Find a working Server 2008 SATA driver for your system and put it on a usb drive/cd
Install server 2008 from the Microsoft disk.
Use the additional driver that you have there.
Cross your fingers.

Just to let you know, I've had terrible experiences modifying Dell servers. They do not like installing windows on ANY other SATA controller (Dell Server Install Disk doesn't work with it). And the last one I tried fixing, is using a mirrored RAID array for boot. Worked fine, until I updated the BIOS (you got to be kidding me right?). Now it doesn't boot off the RAID array, gives me an error that makes no sense. I am going to have to boot off an IDE hard drive, install windows, and use Dell's stupid Windows-only flasher to bring the BIOS back to the initial BIOS.

Maybe it'll work out better for you :D Good luck!

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