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Trying to Install Server 2008 R2 (Microsoft provided not from Dell) on Dell PowerEdge R300 server.  Enclosed with the server came a Dell Managment Console DVD, but it doens't boot from it.  I remember with previous Server OS installs this DVD is bootable and installs and preps the system for the OS install, but this doesn't seem to be the case.  Also went to the dell website and downloaded Dell Windows OS install support pack and it doesn't boot from that.  I can boot from the Server DVD directly, but afraid to without prepping the system and having all the tools pre-installed.

Is there a problem installing the Server 2008R2 OS first?
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by:jramsier
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From my experience you never installed the Dell Management Console (DMC) first.  You have to install it in the Operating System.  So unless they changed that in the last year install 2008 R2 and make sure you have the latest version of DMC downloaded from dell and install DMC in the Operating System.
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You don't want to use DMC - that is a (non-bootable) network management console utility you can install on a workstation to monitor all Dell hardware on your network.  There should have been another disk - SMTD (Systems Management Tools and Documentation) - this disk is bootable and contains the Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU).  This is what you want to install with.  If you need to download it from the Support Site, that's fine too - just look for the Systems Build and Update Utility - DVD version.  This utility IS bootable.  Keep the OS Install Pack on-hand, as it may prompt you for it at some point during setup.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Also, there are no "tools" installed if using the installation utility.  It will give you the option of installing OpenManage Server Administrator - only select this option if you are using SMTD.  If you are using SBUU that you downloaded from the Support Site, then UNCHECK it.  Install it and any other tools after the OS is installed.  The only reason to use the installation utility, is it makes sure all your drivers are installed during installation, but if you install directly from the OS DVD, worst-case scenario, you might have to install the video and network drivers.

Video:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R231197&SystemID=PWE_R300&servicetag=&os=WS8R2&osl=en&deviceid=8336&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=6&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=332901

Network (must download and run to extract, then run C:\Broadcom\Drivers...\setup.exe):
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R269814&SystemID=PWE_R300&servicetag=&os=WS8R2&osl=en&deviceid=2957&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=7&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=5&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=408760
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by:flakier
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No big deal, just be sure you have any storage controller drivers integrated into the install image.  Then install the dell management tools after the OS is installed
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Shouldn't need it on this one.
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Thanks. Downloaded SBUU and up and running.
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