SBS 2003 Dell T710 Licensing fandangle

So, I have a brand new Dell T710 that I am going to put SBS 2003 on. I got a DVD version of SBS 2003 with product key, but it is not even SP1. I try to use Dell's System Management tools and it scoffs at me since it is not the correct version of SBS (needs SP1 at least I believe). So, I use N-Lite to slipstream the first CD on the DVD to SP2 and the RAID drivers. It works and installs, but when it installs Sharepoint it dies as it is an older version than the slipstream CD1. I have SBS 2003 OEM install CDs but of course doesn't like the product key of the regular version.

I have 2 sets of 5 CALs I can use but it doesn't like them as the first CALs, of course.

Anyone have ideas on how to get around this?
kirk_lesserAsked:
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Cris HannaCommented:
So as I posted earlier...you can install with the failure on Companyweb and then apply the patch which fixes it.
The other option if I recall correctly (and you have to remember that 7 years ago...so you have some VERY OLD software) is to set the date in bios to November 1st 2003, do the install, intranet should be ok, then apply the patch, then set date correctly.
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kirk_lesserAuthor Commented:
The OEM CDs are SP1 and do install off of the Server Management tools from Dell.
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Cris HannaCommented:
I can't for the life of me understand why you'd do such an old version of SBS with such a brand new server
My recommendation, do the install with your media without the Dell Open Manage software.   You will need to download the Win2k3 drivers for your Raid controller onto a USB drive or CD and when prompted during the install, Press F6 to install the Raid Controller drivers.  You can deal with the other drivers after the core install.
As far as the sharepoint issue http://www.tech-archive.net/Archive/Windows/microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs/2006-09/msg00916.html  The patch is found here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb7e90a1-de9d-4a83-85f8-951e9f055bf0&displaylang=en
 
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kirk_lesserAuthor Commented:
It was what was shipped to me by a vendor and instead of dealing with a return, I am trying to deal with it.

I mentioned I used n-lite to slipstream the drivers and also made it into SP2. Let me just try the RAID driver by itself on separate CD and see if that works.
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Cris HannaCommented:
Sharepoint/Companyweb  will probably still fail because of the issue with the "old CD3" but you should be able to just apply the patch and be well
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kirk_lesserAuthor Commented:
Now I remember why I couldn't use the original DVD by itself...It crashes on the load of Windows. Using the n-lite disc and installing as much of the server and then dealing with Sharepoint. I will keep you posted.

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Cris HannaCommented:
I would suspect it to crash if you didn't load the Raid Drivers when prompted to press F6 to add drivers.
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kirk_lesserAuthor Commented:
Ok, so I cna use the N-Lite to load the initial operating system, and then the OEM SBS 2003 Discs 2-4 for the rest, but I get the unsupported Sharepoint error. If I remove the services as above and try to reinstall, I get an unexpected error when I try to use the OEM disc 3. What if I do the original install as above, but then try and update Sharepoint to 3.0 via updates, would that work?
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Cris HannaCommented:
You cannot upgrade Companyweb to WSS 3.0   You can install WSS 3.0 side by side with WSS 2.0  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0daafc81-efff-4f5b-a28a-8265f1e99f5b&displaylang=en
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kirk_lesserAuthor Commented:
So the idea most likely won't work since companyweb will continue to have issues?

Kirk
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