Can Microsoft Server 2003 Standard be loaded on a Dell PowerEdge NX3000

Posted on 2010-08-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I purchased an NX3000 from Dell in Feb. 2010. My first goal was to move engineering drawings from our overloaded Proliant server to the new machine running Windows Storage Server 2008. Problem was that the engineers needing access to the drawings were running XP 64-bit, which is incompatible with Storage Server 2008, they couldn't see more than 19 folders in a subdirectory on the server, or more than 19 files in any directory on the new server. So I rebuilt their machines in 32 bit, no big deal. Now I have moved a bunch of sales files to the new server, and 2 different programs are unable to open files, giving a "file not found" or "file is corrupt" error message. Granted one of the programs is old (16-bit), but the other is the latest version available. Dell says Microsoft only tested the 2008 Storage Server OS with Vista and Windows 7, I am running 82 XP Pro SP3 machines. Dell cannot give me a solution, Microsoft doesn't seem to care. So I am ready to punt and install Server 2003 Standard on this machine. Has anyone done this? Should drivers be available for the unit? Dell says the warranty will be void if I do that, but I am at my wits end. Any suggestions welcome.
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ID: 33481490
It sound like a permission issue.

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That's right in "share" tab you should place "everyone" group or "Domain users" group or "Authenticated users group" (but in the most cases there are everyone) and gave them at least read rights. You can give them full and restrict access on "Security" tab (NTFS).

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by:Casey Herman
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If you dont get the above to work.. I know for a fact that with the new gen dell servers it has to be a copy of 2003 R2  anything previous to this will not boot.
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by:Casey Herman
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The other thing we ran into was that we couldnt get an older version of 2003 to run so we installed ESXi on the box and loaded 2003 into a virtual machine.

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Thannks for the input and sorry for the delay in my responding. The share has Everyone as co-owner.Just don't think it is a rights issue as some folders within the share will work properly while others do not. Microsoft acknowledges the issues with XP 64, but say it is not a problem with XP 32 bit.Any other experience with the nx3000 and Server 2003?
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by:Casey Herman
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Just make sure it is 2003 R2.  Otherwise I dont think it will load. That was why I was talking about using VMware as the host OS on that box

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OK, I finally had the opportunity yesterday to attempt the install of 2003 R2.  Attempting to boot from the OEM install disk left me with NTLDR not found. Booting with the OEM pre-install disk left me with a command prompt in Win PE and a DVD tray that would not open to insert the setup disk and no valuable commands available. Downloading and running Dell's Server Upgrade and OS Install utility would only let me re-install Storage Server 2008 as it recognized the server as an NX3000, even though I downloaded from the R710 driver site. So I put the old disks back in and rebooted back to the old OS. I am unfamiliar with  ESXI and VMWare so am hesitant to go that route. I just want a server that works. Any other suggestions? At least I now have a backup of the data and 2 newly initialized drives on which to install which was several hours of work.
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ID: 33651037
the "incompatibility" between XP64 and server 2008 looks like a red herring.

I have a XP 32 bit and 64bit workstations using 2008 R2 quite happily (with ~8 TB of data)

If they were only able to see some files, I would agree with the previous poster about you having permission issues.

If you feel that you "must" run Windows 2003 server, then I would use Windows server 2008 R2 and install the hyper-v role and then run 2003 as a guest, vmware or xen might have slightly better performance, but basic administration is simpler on hyper-v

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I have as yet been unable to successfully load 2003 onto the server. As it is a production server I cannot take it down during the day, and there is too much data to back up for an evening session. That only leaves the weekends, and I don't like spending all of my weekends here. I hope to give it a go this weekend, if it works I will award points.

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remberga earned 0 total points
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Dell finally came through. It seems like short file name resolution is disabled by default on Storage Server 2008. I'm sure that this will not affect most programs out there, but it did affect 2 of mine. One was old, but the other was the latest version that still used short file names. Once we turned that on both programs worked beautifully.

As I never successfully installed 2003 on this server I can't award points. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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