HP ProLiant DL360 G4p will not boot to OS Installation Disk

Posted on 2010-11-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have an HP ProLiant DL360 G4p with two mirrored 146GB drives. I'm tryign to install Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard by booting to burned ISO DVD-ROM. For some reason it will not boot to the disk.

I have tried using a SmartStart disk, actually disks (tried versions 8.00 through 8.60) but when I get to the screen to insert the OS media and click Continue it tells me that there is no media. Obviously it can't be the CD-RoM drive since I was able to boot from the SmartStart CD to begin with. If I manually hold down the power button to hard boot it, it will then boot to the Windows disk but give me an error that reads, "The input data file (HPSSBEM.INI) could not be found."

I'd prefer to boot from the OS disk but the closest I've been able to get is with the assistance of the SmartStart CD. Either way, I haven't been able to get an OS installed. I've tried multiple DVDs with ISO images that I know work so I'm not sure what to do here. Any ideas?
Question by:ajhoy26
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losip earned 500 total points
ID: 34241555
You've answered your own question: You could boot from the CD, but not the DVD.  The DL360G4 only came with a CD-ROM; not a DVD.  UNless you've upgraded since?

Expert Comment

ID: 34241567
You should be able to use remote media through iLo to mount the DVD somewhere else.

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ID: 34241581
Or, if you have access to a later server with a low-profile DVD drive, you can swap then until the system's up.
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ID: 34241679
Ugh, I feel stupid now. Such an obvious thing. Thanks guys, I'll boot via USB instead.

Expert Comment

ID: 34241792
If there's no option to boot from USB, try upgrading the System ROM from here:

This is version 2007.07.16 which is the latest because the server was retired on Friday March 31st, 2006 but, to be honest, I can't remember whether older BIOS and/or the latest includes bootable USB support.

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ID: 34241828
On reflection, you WILL need this version of the System ROM if you want to install WS08 anyway because previous versions would hang part way through the installation. - Oh, that might have been your next question!!

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ID: 34241867
Ha, probably would have been. Thanks for the info.

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