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How to install Windows Server 2008 (32Bit) using Dell Installation and Server Management CD?

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I have bought a second hand Dell Poweredge 2600 and have successfully install Windows Server 2003 using Dell's OpenManage installation CD. Using that CD also set up RAID1. The trouble is it doesn't support Windows Server 2008 and when I put the Server 2008 DVD in it doesn't give me the option to upgrade.

Is it OK to perform a clean install on the 1 logical drive? Or do I need to find an alternative?
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Copying the Entire INSTALL DVD over to C: and Copying the Drivers in extracted format over to C: then running WINNT32 /S:C:\  /T:C:\  

Adding an answer file or OEM directory means it will find the drivers automatically.

Serious problems Exist however with matching up Firmware and Bios and ESM to be current and having the correct version of the drivers.

http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R121334&formatcnt=1&libid=0&fileid=163038

This SUU release contains the following updates to RAID Controller firmware:

Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller 3/QC, 3/DC, 3/DCL and 3/SC Firmware Update- Version: 198X
Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller 4/DC and 4/SC Firmware Update - Version: 351X
Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller 4e/DC Firmware release - Version: 521X
Dell PowerEdge 1750 PowerEdge RAID Controller 4/Di Firmware Update - Version: 421X
Dell PowerEdge 1850 RAID Controller 4e/Si Firmware release - Version: 521X
Dell PowerEdge 2600, PowerVault 770N PowerEdge RAID Controller 4/Di Firmware Update - Version: 251X
Dell PowerEdge 2800 RAID Controller 4e/Di Firmware release - Version: 521X
Dell PowerEdge 2850 RAID Controller 4e/Di Firmware release - Version: 521X
Dell PowerEdge 6800 RAID Controller 4e/Di Firmware release - Version: 521X
Dell PowerEdge 6850 RAID Controller 4e/Di Firmware release - Version: 521X

These problems are addressed with the updated firmware:
1. Fixed a potential data integrity issue that may occur when accessing RAID 5 or 50 arrays.

2. Fixed an issue that could cause a blue screen or hang when Patrol Read finds a bad block on a RAID array that is configured in a sliced config, which is when 2 or more RAID arrays are created on the same set of physical disks.

3. Fixed possible hang condition, resulting in system lockup and loss of storage access.
4. Resolved a potential blue screen or hang issue in systems with 8GB or more of system memory (where applicable).

Acronis True Image can make an image of the server to a USB hard drive before trying the upgrades involved.

om_540_smtd_a01.001.iso
om_540_smtd_a01.002.iso
om_540_smtd_a01.003.iso
om_540_smtd_a01.004.iso

To address a browser limitation around downloading large files (see Microsoft KB article 298618: You cannot download files that are 2 GB or larger - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298618, the Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD as a single ISO file is no longer available for web download. You can do one of the following to get the content:

1) If you recently bought a server, please use the DVD that shipped with your hardware.

2) Download all the multiple ISO file segments to a new, empty folder and concatenate them. Create a single DVD image file using the following commands:
Windows: copy /b om* om_540_smtd_a01.iso
Linux: cat om* > om_540_smtd_a01.iso

3) Download the individual OpenManage products:
A. For OpenManage Server Administrator, download Systems Management->Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node
B. For IT Assistant, download Systems Management->OpenManage Management Station
C. For Systems Build And Update Utility, download Systems Management -> Systems Build and Update Utility CD ISO
D. For Service And Diagnostics, download the individual releases you need under the appropriate category (Online Diagnostics can be found under the "Diagnostics" category)

Note: The Systems Build and Update Utility CD only supports 6th generation (typically PowerEdge x6xx) and 7th generation (PowerEdge x7xx) servers. 8th generation (PowerEdge x8xx) systems and newer will require the DVD version.

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Thanks both for your help. I have managed to upgrade it without a hitch. As far as I know I had the right firmware on it.

One problem I am having is that every so often when I visit a website running from the server the network adapter switches off. Do you know why it would be doing that? It switches off for a couple of seconds then switches back on.
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go to the network card and disable the threshold feature and force it to your network speed 100mbit or Gbit don't know the speed that the network card supports  
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There are many possible reasons so I'll focus a common one: confused network auto-speed detection. Most contemporary network cards, hubs, and routers attempt to automatically determine the speed of each network connection. Sometimes they get it wrong.

Most home and office networks run at either 10 or 100 megabits per second (mbs). Just how the network devices tell the difference varies from one device to the next. Most will also monitor the speed continuously just in case it changes. That means that if the device is going to make a mistake it could happen at any time. And that can look like anything from really poor network performance to a previously working network connection suddenly dropping.

The most common auto-detect confusion happens when the devices at both ends of a network connection are trying to auto-detect at the same time. The detection mechanisms can actually conflict with each other and cause one side to get it wrong. It's not as common but the detection algorithm can also be affected by the actual data going across the wire, or electrical noise.
In most cases, especially on a small business or home network, you know what your network speed is and the autodetect functionality is unnecessary. It's typically easy to turn off auto-speed detection on your network card and that's often a good step to take when analyzing network problems.
You'll first need to know what speed the connection should be at. That's usually the fastest speed supported by your computer and the device at the other end of the network cable it's plugged into. If your computer is connected to a router that router's documentation should tell you. If you're connected directly to a DSL modem the speed is typically 10mbs. If you're not sure, select 10mbs as most faster devices are also auto-detecting and will match your selection.
The specific settings for auto-detection will vary slightly based on the manufacturer of your network card. Fortunately the location of those settings is consistent and the terminology used is fairly common.

To turn off network speed auto-detection:
•      Select Network Settings, either from your Start menu or from within Control Panel.
•      Right click on the connection that corresponds to your network card, and select Properties.
•      In the dialog that results, click on the Configure... button immediately below the "Connect using..." item that shows your network card.
•      In the dialog that results, click on the Advanced tab.

This is where things vary based on your network card. In the left-hand list will be a series of properties that can be adjusted. Look for a setting similar to "Speed", or "Link", or perhaps "Media Type". Click on that, and the right-hand "Value" dropdown list will probably have something similar to "Auto". If you click on that drop-down list and options include entries that look like "10mbs", "100mbs", and so on, you've found the right item. Change the setting from auto by clicking on the specific speed you've determined you want the network card to run at, and press OK (If the setting also includes a full/half duplex selection, full is normally correct.)

Windows XP will apply your setting change immediately. Other versions of Windows may require that you reboot for the change to take effect.

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Changed it to 100MBs but still having the same problem.
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Update:  It switches off when it is set at 100Mbps but doesn't do it when it is set to 10Mbps however the switch that it is connected to is a 10/100 switch. Any ideas?
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Found out that it isn't the switch causing any problems as I have now plugged it straight into the router and it is still playing up.  Once again it only works on 10 Mbps but the speed of the website is unbelievably slow.
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check flow control if it's disabled in advanced network adapter properties   sometimes it gets buggy
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Nope, flow control hasn't done it either.

I had a look on Intel's Website and I did a scan of the system and it told me what network adapter I have. Unfortunately it gave me a driver for Windows Server 2000. I had look around on their site and I found a driver for Windows Server 2008 but when I try to install it it shows an error message saying that it cannot find an adapter for that driver??

I tried uninstalling it from device manager but Windows automatically finds a driver for it.
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I have managed to solve the problem I think.

I disabled everything in the Advanced Configuration part and enabled them one by one and testing out Remote Desktop.

The problem appeared to be "Large Send Offload (IPv4)". It was set to enabled so I disabled it and all seems OK now. Not sure what it is but I shall read up on it.

Thanks for your help
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