We have been trying to install WIndows 2003 Enterprise x64 on our new PowerEdge 2950 for 2 days now. We have tested the server hardware completely when we got it and it all passed. This is our issue. Using the Dell Tools and Documentation DVD to boot and build the WIndows 2003 server, we fill in all the information (this has been done 3 times). The server reboots and it starts the Windows install. You get the blue screen with the words WIndows Setup (double underlined) in the upper left hand corner and it stops (see attachment). The first time we left it for 12 hours like that and nothing happened. We've also tried just installing it without the Dell Tools and Documentation DVD. Same issue.
We talked to Dell twice and we've pretty much redid everything from scratch.
Rebuilt the virtual drive and reinitialized it.
Reburned all CDs (twice) with no affect.
Upgraded and downgraded BIOS and firmwares.
Verified that the server was set to use 64 bit in the BIOS (turned ON and OFF the virtualization).
Removed memory, reseated memory, re-tested memory.
Replaced the DVD/CD player.
And all the combinations of the above.
Has anyone else every had this problem before on a Dell 2950? This is the first time we've ever had this problem with any Dell.