Trying to execute Dell Open Manager on a Dell Poweredge 2950 SERVER

When i startup-up the the open-manager with CD it keeps on loading and does not complete the wizard so i can configure the two sata hard drives in the server and install windows 2003 server 32 bit operating system.As a second alternative i tryed to install Windows 2003 server 32 bit using the CD a boot-up but during startup the setup does not find the hard drives.
kevaneAsked:
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Where is the wizard failing?  Are you using the OpenManage CD/DVD that came with the system or another one - what version is it?

Here is the latest:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R272467&SystemID=PWE_2950&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=24134&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=2&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=36&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=402405

Keep in mind ...
- Your 2003 CD must have SP2 to work with the installation utility (you can use nLiteOS.com to integrate SP's).
- It may not work with VL media downloaded from Microsoft's EOpen website.

If you want to install directly from the 2003 CD, then you will need to load the RAID driver for whichever RAID controller you have.  You must load this from a floppy disk - USB or internal, use the Dell F6 USB Key Prep utility, or use nLiteOS.com to integrate the driver into the installation media.

If you have a SAS 5/6:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R194052&SystemID=PWE_2950&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=13856&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=3&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=46&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=267804

If you have a PERC 5/6:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R211422&SystemID=PWE_2950&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=13514&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=3&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=46&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=297691
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nutwooCommented:
On a Dell 2950 Server you do not need to use the Dell Wizard software or any additonal perc/cerc drivers.

On boot you will see the Raid controller. Press CTRL-E or CTRL-R to enter the raid card.

Here configure the array how you would like. RAID 0 or Raid 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID)

Once you have the array built, you can boot to the Windows CD and install the OS
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No, it is not required to use the OpenManage installation utility, but he WILL need the driver for the RAID controller if he does not use the OpenManage installation utility - especially if he is using a non-R2 version of 2003 or a PERC 6.
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nutwooCommented:
I have many PE2950 servers, and they do not require the raid driver on installation of Windows 2003, Windows 2008 or VMware Esxi
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
2008 and ESXi do not, but 2003 does - especially if he has non-R2 or a PERC 6.
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nutwooCommented:
OK, we may have different raid cards, that could be it.

Kevane, have you had any luck with the install ?
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kevaneAuthor Commented:
No luck with the install.
When i run the setup of windows 2003 server sp2 , when the installation starts it does not find the hard drives.
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nutwooCommented:
which raid controller do you have ?
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kevaneAuthor Commented:
Optional PERC 5/i integrated SAS/SATA daughtercard controller with 256MB cache,
PERC 4e/DC, PERC 5/e adapter.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Did you use this driver?
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R211422&SystemID=PWE_2950&servicetag=&os=WNET&osl=en&deviceid=13514&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=3&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=46&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=297691

How did you use it?  Did you use nLite to integrate it, or did you attempt to load it at F6 via USB or onboard floppy drive?  Tell us step by step what you tried.
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kevaneAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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kevaneAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help!
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