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Can't use DRAC 5 card to deploy SBS2008 because resultion and refresh rate are too high.

Is there a way to remotely deploy server running SBS2008 with a DRAC 5 card? It seems the default resolution of SBS2008 is 1280x1024 at 85Hz, and the DRAC won't display above 1024x768 at 85Hz. Does anyone know of a way to drop the default resolution of the SBS2008 before going through the entire setup process?

According to MS, the 'proper' way to do a SBS2003 to SBS2008 migration is at the customer site with the new SBS on the network when it is first powered on, which I need to be able to do remotely.

The DRAC card has the latest firmware (1.4) and the server is a Dell PE2950. The only similar issue I could find on EE involved Linux:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Distributions/Ubuntu/Q_23354620.html
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8/22/2022 - Mon
andrew_aj1

This is a limitation of DRAC. The DRAC console is basically a virtual monitor - a very limited virtual monitor. It uses the same connection as your physically connected monitor or KVM uses. So if you are using a display resolution / refresh rate on your physically connected monitor or KVM that is not supported by the DRAC you will not be able to view the console with the DRAC.

This really made me angry about 3 months ago when I was able to purchase a very nice monitor to replace a failing one one a rack. I am unable to use the native resolution of this new monitor with these servers because I will not be able to use the DRAC card if I do that.

So what you need to do is change the resolution/refresh rate on the physical monitor to something that the DRAC card will support.

Good luck.
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