Installing Windows 2000 Server on DellPERC s100 RAID Contoller - Drivers Nightmare

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I have slip streamed in a 2003 server driver of bcraid.sys on my windows 2000 server edition setup but then I get an error saying:
"Insufficient Memory to load bcraid.sys
press any key to restart..."

So then I re-burned a new version with the PNP version and uncompressed bcraid.sys in the i386 folder then I get a message saying:
"The file bcraid.sys could not be found
Press any key to restart..."
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I'm guessing this RAID controller doesn't support Windows 2000.  I downloaded these drivers:

Opened BCRAID.INF and found:
; - This version supports Windows XP and later operating systems.
XP and 2003 are forked from the same code base.
Also, no mention of Windows 2000 here:
You might need to buy an older PERC that is 2000 compatible...

Bcraid.sys is a storport.sys driver model.

The driver expects server 2003
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Jared_Luker, that's a good tip thanks. I'm new to working with servers, so does that imply that the PERC is not built into the motherboard? I can just swap out??
Even if it is built in, you should still be able to disable it in the bios if you can't use it.  Keep an eye on the type of drives you have though.  The PERC4 is SCSI and I'm guessing the S100 is SATA.

Or come up with a Server 2003 license somehow... :)


Yes, I think I might have to go the 2003 route... but this means I cannot use acronis universal restore to move 2000 server installation over to new hardware and upgrade.

meanwhile i also cannot upgrade the current OLD server to 2003 as it would disrupt the work day for the business for a while, plus any potential upgrading problems.

is there a good way to migrate all roles and settings over from 2000 Server SP4 to 2003? haha, that can't be that ridiculous of a query. I've opened a new question if you'd like points to help :)...

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