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Posted on 2010-09-09
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Hello Experts,

We just purchased a server from Dell with no OS. I am trying to install Server 2003 Standard Edition, but the setup keeps stalling. Dell tech support told me that I NEED TO USE Server 2003 R2.

Now my question is If I have Server 2003 Standard Edition can I somehow "slipstream" R2 into the CD and rerun the install?

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Question by:triphen
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by:Abduljalil Abou Alzahab
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I think that you can install any windows server you want, 2003, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2, depends on Hardware requirement.
To install Windows server 2003 R2, you need Windows server 2003 R2 and License Product key for this OS
first you need to insert boot media which it should come with server, then prepare Server hardware and HDD after that you make select OS that you want to install and I think you can install Windows Server 2003 Std
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by:calbackup
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I inserted the dell boot media. There were 2 server 2003 options. One was server 2003 R2 32bit and the other was 64 bit. I selected 32 and continued. The setup went on asking me questions about raid and such then prompted me for the server os media. After copying the files, it stops on the blue windows setup screen "Setup is starting Windows" in the lower left corner. It got stuck there for 30 mins I restarted. Recreated the raid and tried again. Same thing. Now I am slip streaming sp2 onto server 1003 standard to see if that will help.
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triphen earned 0 total points
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Ok after slip streaming SP2 into the isntall, it got over that hump. Now lets see if the install will complete successfully.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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If not, please post the model you are working with and the RAID controller that it came configured with.  Good luck.
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by:kaskhedikar_tushar
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Hello,

This may help you

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912309

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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