NT 2008 R2 64bit - how do I install?

I am trying to set up a new server...its a beastbrand new everything completely new custom Dell svr.....However, when I insert what is suppose to be a copied install NT 2008 r2 64 bit disk..I get ...no operating system is found...the cd was given to me and it wants me to hit CNTRL R to configure..however Im not sure this right....
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GlobaLevelProgrammerAsked:
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GlobaLevelProgrammerAuthor Commented:
what I should be asking is what should I expect if I insert an actual Windows NT 2008 64bit cd..?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What is NT 2008?

Do you mean Windows Server 2008 R2?

You should be using the Dell Server Assistant boot CD to pre-configure the server for OS installation.  
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GlobaLevelProgrammerAuthor Commented:
is this the 'Dell Management Console' that came with the server??
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The CD should say "boot" or "bootable" on it somewhere (I don't have one handy to reference exact description, but I just reinstalled Server 2008 using it less than a week ago at a client).
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GlobaLevelProgrammerAuthor Commented:
well,,i have a copy ..not the original...
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Then it's that much more difficult for you.

I think this is an OLD version of what I'm talking about:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R146318&formatcnt=0&libid=0&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=204270

(Trying to find a newer version).

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you want to do this quickly, I would suggest calling Dell and requesting the download link for "the current version of the CD that allows you to install operating systems" and that you think it's called the "OpenManage Server Assistant".
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Would also help to know exactly what model server you are using...
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
According to the Dell support tech I spoke to, you're looking for either of the following:
System Management Tools and Documentation 6.2.0 dated 12/14/2009
System Build and Update Utility 6.2.0 dated 12/14/2009

Direct Links:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R250023&SystemID=PWE_T610&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=17861&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=3&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=36&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=368161
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R251661&SystemID=PWE_T610&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=24134&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=36&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=367903

With simple questions like this, it can often be faster to pick up a phone... Ask here too - we're pretty quick fairly often, but sometimes, the phone can be faster.
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