Windows 2000 on the Dell r900
Posted on 2009-04-20
We have a new Dell r900 server with Dell Perc6I controller. Dell does not have a Windows 2000 server driver for the Perc 6, but the ERP system only runs on Windows 2000 sp4 (at the moment, we do plan an upgarde later that will run on later OS's, thats why we have this box).
In the meantime we want to see if we can use it with the current version. While not supported officially, a number of people have supposedly had great results by using the Win 2003 driver. I am looking to try this but have hit a snag I haven't seen mentioned (so I am hoping its something I am doing).
I have the server booting off the Windows 2000 CD and have a USB Floppy (since it has none internal) plugged in. When its starts up I select F6 to specify a third party driver. When prompted to hit Enter it sees the floppy and brings up the screen where I select the Perc Driver. It says it will load the driver. (I created the disk by downloading the Windows Server 2003 Perc 6I driver from the downloads page when using the system ID at Dell)
A bit later as its loading the drivers I get a message that says percsas.sys file not found and the install fails. The file percsas.sys is on the floppy; so I am not sure whats up. Ive tried two different floppys to test.
Any suggestions what may be the issue?