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How do install Win server 2K3 on an IBM x336 with no optical drive?

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I've killed a whole day trying to accomplish this task. I have all of the IBM documentation, but can't figure out how to do what the instructions say regarding connecting to the RSAII card. I can Hyperterminal to it while its running it's compromised OS install now, but what I want to do is rebuild it from the ground up. If I try to install from a USB drive while the OS is running it won't allow it (The version od Windows you are trying to install is older than....)

 There is no domain, no RIS, no DNS. I'm pretty frustrated. This shouldn't be this difficult.

o  Instructions for running ServerGuide via remote disk feature:

1  Install Java(TM) Plug-in and disable cache for Web Browser Java plug-in
    to enable remote console to work.
2  Connect to the RSAII,MM,or AMM Web Management Interface (via Web browser) HOW?
3  Click on Task "Remote Control"
4  Start Remote Control, it will open second Web Browser Window
5  Make sure the target System is Powered Off
6  Make sure the target System's CD-ROM is empty
7  Mount the ServerGuide CD
    Click "Select File..." to load the IBM ServerGuide ISO image.
      or
    Click CD-ROM Drive to use IBM ServerGuide CD.
8  Add to the list of Devices with button ">>"
9  Select ServerGuide ISO Image or CD-ROM drive
10 Check box "Write Protected"
11 Push button "Mount Drive"
12 Power on the System
13 When the system is booting up, place mouse in center of screen
    until ServerGuide's Language selection screen comes up.  If you have
    mouse synchronization problems, move mouse to one of the corners.
15 Follow IBM ServerGuide prompts
16 When asked to insert the Windows OS CD, unmount the remote disk drive,
    insert Windows CD, click "Mount Drive" and  then click Next.
17 When the IBM ServerGuide process finishes unmount the Windows OS CD and click Next.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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First, why aren't you just attaching a USB optical drive and booting off USB?  Does the server not support USB booting?

Second, "2  Connect to the RSAII,MM,or AMM Web Management Interface (via Web browser) HOW?" - I would say find out the IP address it's getting (presumably you can look this up in the DHCP table or it should say on boot - or look for a default address in your documentation (sorry, no significant/recent experience with IBM server hardware)).  Then from another computer, browse that IP Address - http://<found IP>

Third, the error you're getting "The version of Windows you are trying to install is older than...." is because the CD you are trying to use has an older (or no) service pack or you are trying to use a 2003 CD (non-R2) on a 2003 R2 install.  Use nlite to create a new CD/image that includes the current service pack - www.nliteos.com.
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First point - No USB boot support. Tried it.

2nd - As I was leaving the site this occurred to me as a possible solution. Forest/trees!!

3rd - A solution I hadn't thought of. I use nlite for XP installs and I'm familiar with it. This has a good chance of working.

I'll let you know  how it goes.

Thank You
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After updating the BIOS to 1.15, and then using a utility called Flashboot that creates a GRUB based bootable partition on the thumbdrive, I was able to get this done.
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