SBS install on new server

So I have a new Dell server with  RAID1 setup (250G each x 3 drives) and am trying to use my old SBS 2003 install (this server is replacing a dead one) that originally came from Dell. The CD launches okay but hangs on "Setup is starting Windows" - I've let it go a couple times overnight, so I'm sure it's hanging.

Any help before I bite the bullet & get a new server OS?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Is your old SBS2003 license an OEM license? I think because it came with your Dell server that it probably is OEM and tied to the Dell hardware which is probably why it is failing. .... Thinkpads_User
Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
You will probably find that the original CD that came from Dell was tailored to your original system in terms of drivers.  That's probably why it won't work for you.  You should contact Dell to see if they can send you a more up-to-date build for your server.  They shouldn't charge you for this if you can provide the service tag of your old system and evidence (not sure what they'll ask for) that you own the appropriate OEM license purchased originally from them.

Without knowing the full ins and outs as to how the Dell OEM disk works it's difficult to look at next steps.  One option is to use nLite and add drivers for your new server to the Dell disk but this might not be possible if it uses an image instead of a standard install disk (new features as part of the new Windows Deployment System).


PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Did the 2003 CD you are using come with the Dell Server you are installing on?  If it is a Dell CD, you should be able to at least boot to it on a Dell.  There are no drivers on the disk, so a replacement would not have anything different in terms of support/drivers for your system.  What model is this server?  What exact version of 2003 SBS is your disk (SP, R2, etc.)?  Some models have very specific issues to work around.  I do suspect that something might be wrong with your CD, in which case Dell could send you a replacement.  It usually has to be in warranty, and must be an R2 version, as Dell no longer stocks non-R2 OS media.  You might create a bootable USB (depending on your model of server) to try and install the OS that way.
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m_soltisAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone.

It didn't come with the server I'm trying to install it on, but it is a Dell CD & I was thinking it should at least boot as well.
The version is SBS Std, so I'm guessing it's pre-R2 & that's the issue. The new box is a PowerEdge T110, the I'm trying to install shipped with a PowerEdge 400SC.
Oh, and I have not idea how to create a bootable USB.

PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Ok, a few problems ...

1)  Only 2003 R2 Standard is supported on the PowerEdge T110.  There may or may not be a good reason for that.  If not, then you should be able to install it on there.

2)  If non-R2 works at all, know this:  Many of the devices/drivers on the T110 require Service Pack 2.  If your media is not at SP2, then use to integrate the Service Pack into the media.

3)  To successfully install 2003 on a T110, you will need TWO drivers ... the Chipset (SATA) driver (for the CD/DVD drive) and the RAID controller driver (for the hard drives - if it came with one).  These must both be loaded from floppy from separate disks.  Since this machine probably doesn't have a floppy drive, you can use to integrate those drivers into the media as well.

4)  As far as the branding of the CD ... as the CD shipped with an OEM OS and license, you are by UELA restricted to using that OS on the system it shipped with - more specifically, the license.  You would have to have a Dell OEM license (Product Key) for the T110 (cannot be the one from the 400SC - and must ship from Dell with a COA on the T110 chassis) to legally activate Windows.  As Dell would not have shipped the T110 with a non-R2 version of 2003, this requirement cannot be met.  Therefore, there is no legal way to install the OS you have on your T110.  There should be nothing in the CD that is "locking out" a boot to it on another Dell server, but it may be an incompatibility.

Here is how to make a bootable USB for installation ...

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m_soltisAuthor Commented:
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
"as the CD shipped" ... I suppose should read "as the server shipped" :)

I guess what I'm saying, in short ... this may be an exercise in futility.  You might be able to tweak everything just right so that it installs, but since you will just end up with a non-legal OS anyway - that may or may not work properly - you are better off getting a supported/legal OS for this machine.
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