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I'm trying to do a clean install of Server 2003 (Enterprise) on our 4 years old Proliant server. The idea is to make it an application server, and replace the SBS 2003 installed on the C-partition (need to do this because we got another SBS server on the LAN). The CD/DVD player doesn't work (tried several CD/DVD players) - my guess is it's the controller on the mainboard. So, what I want to do is to install from a local folder/partition. I copied the (MSDN) setup-files to a folder D:\2003setup on the server and ran winnt32.exe from the i386 folder. (Also tried with the /makelocalsource switch.) What happens is that when I (after reboot)  try to delete C: partition (before installing to it), I get a message that some of the setup-files are on the target partition, and setup cannot continue. The setup creates a "$....$" folder both on C: and D:.. (I could install on top of the "old" SBS, but I would rather not..)
So my question is simply: Is it possible to force the setup to run all setupfiles from the second (D:) partition, and do a clean install on the server (with SBS2003 already installed)?
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Does the Proliant server have an available USB port available and can the BIOS also boot from a USB device? You might be able to use an external USB CD/DVD drive to boot from instead.
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Standard and legacy USB support for ProLiant servers
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/platforms/usb-support.html

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Great - thanx a lot:)
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