Server 2008 R2 installation help - DVD to CD conversion - create split CD volumes from ISO

I am trying to install Server 2008 on a older Dual Zeon Dell 2650 server with only a CD rom drive.
The Microsoft installation ISO download is 2.8 GB DVD image.  The server doesn't seem to like USB devices and the A21 bios does not allow booting from alternate devices other than A drive, CD, or HD or Network PXE.  I need help figuring out how to break the DVD image down to multiple CD installation disks if possible or otherwise getting this image setup to install.  Thanks!
MrKowItALLAsked:
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merowingerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you could create a bootable WinPE cd.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749311(WS.10).aspx
Store the dvd source on a network drive, then boot from the WinPE cd and start the setup.exe from the network drive.
For this it's important that the NIC drivers are included in the WinPE.
But you can first try it without the drivers. Maybe they are supported
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Could you flash the bios? does it have DRAC card in the server?
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Not possible to break up.

Besides, it's almost certainly a waste of time.  The 2650s are not x64 capable and 2008 R2 is x64 ONLY.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
A21 is the latest BIOS for the 2650 and the 2650 does not have a DRAC, but an ERA, which does not allow for Virtual Media.

I don't know about breaking the DVD image down, but you could set up a WDS server to install over PXE.  If you do not want to set up an actual server for this process, you might try this ...

http://www.articlesbase.com/operating-systems-articles/create-a-portable-remote-installation-ris-windows-deployment-services-wds-server-930354.html
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
2008 R2 is x64 only, but he wants to install 2008, which does have a 32-bit version.
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
At second glance, it is unclear which he wants to install ... note to author ... if you are trying to install R2, it will not as the 2650 does not support 64-bit.  It will only be possible if you are installing 2008.
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merowingerCommented:
Rename.bat
rename angelIII MrKowItALL
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
@PowerEdgeTech you know to much about dell servers to be healthy I am sure. ;)

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
LOL ... sadly, probably true ;)
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MrKowItALLAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guys,
Some of your answers certainly helped clarify my thoughts .. particularly "leew" and "PowerEdgeTech" regarding using Server 2008 32 bit vs R2 on this Dell 2650.

The recommended solutions were just way too complicated and involved. The best thing I got out of the experience was BartPE boot disk utilities while looking at the WinPE solution.  Even that excellent utility enabling a shared DVD drive from a workstation made it impossible to install the server software without errors.

Ultimately, the Windows AIK tools helped create spanned media as was my original quest.  

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744579(WS.10).aspx

It would not run (createspannedshares.cmd) successfuly on my Windows 7 workstation .. but worked well on XP.  I was able to split the Server 2008 32bit files into 3 seperate CD ISO's and burn them successfully.  It took all damed day to get past the errors and syntax problems but ultimately the utility actually created the seperate bootable ISO's beautifully. It's a pretty good utility and worth knowing about.

Your input was greatly appreciated.   There are some points due somewhere, but I don't know where to fairly apply them.

Gary
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merowingerCommented:
if no post could help you in your case, you can either close the question or spilt the points for all experts
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MrKowItALLAuthor Commented:
The original question was to create spanned media from the Server 2008 ISO.  Nobody answered that particular question. .... found it on my own.
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RasheedlhCommented:
I am sorry to disagree, but the Dell PowerEdge 2650 is 64bit Architecture compliant...!
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No, it's not.  2850 is the first 64-bit-capable Dell server.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
The only thing 64-bit about the 2650 is the 64-bit PCI/PCI-X slots that it has - completely different.
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