Windows Server 2008 install and boot very slow on Dell PE 2650 server
Posted on 2009-02-20
I'm trying to install Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition x86 on somePE2650 servers. The installer starts fine off the DVD (have tried two diff. burned copies), once it gets to the grey textured background it sits there for about 20-30 minutes before it gets to the Welcome to Server 2008 Setup screen. After I go through, select the PERC 3/Di driver I downloaded from Dell Drivers for Server 2008, it starts the copying files process. This seems to go very, very slowly... took over an hour to get to 74%. Eventually it finishes (I am not watching it the entire time) and takes a long time to boot up, with a completely blank screen. Keyboard commands like Num Lock and CAPS Lock don't do anything. After sitting probably over an hour it finally boots up ready to set the password. Some reboots take the normal amount of time, and then some reboots take 20-30 minutes, just sitting at a blank screen. I do not know what may have occured that could be causing this. It even does it after installing Microsoft updates.
After I have completely configured the server and it is operational and ready for production, I haven't had any problems and it reboots normally. I've installed this exact OS, with the same disc on some 2850's and didn't have any problems. So i'm not sure what the deal is... I think i've tried 3x 2650s so far and they all are doing it. Anyone got any thoughts/suggestions on this?