Install windows server 2008 and sql server 2008 on ibm e-series x345

New on here so apologies for any etiquette transgressions.

Got a old spare IBM eseries x345 that i want to use to learn windows server 2008 and ms sql server 2008 on.

A) will they install and
B) How can i install it from the DVD if it only has a CD drive
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dejectedAuthor Commented:
Thanks Ashilo

so server 2008 should provide the right environment for sql 2008.

the server 2008 spec says an x64 or dual core processor - is the five-year old xeon in it likely to work? (all the other specs are fine)

coming back to the dvd vs cd issue regardless of the above software are there ways of getting round that? there is no os on the ibm so not sure how you would install a driver for an external dvd drive (which I have).
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sharkbot221984Commented:
You could use a live CD like WinPE to boot from and that will give you USB access to a DVD rom to install Server 2008.

Microsoft provides a guide on how to build the disk: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709665(WS.10).aspx

You can download the WAIK here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=696dd665-9f76-4177-a811-39c26d3b3b34

You will need to install the WAIK to have the tools you will need to build the disk.  If your IBM needs a RAID/SCSI driver you will have to include that in the package or Server 2008 won't be able to see the drive to install to.  If you have the DVD-Rom hooked up when you boot Server 2008 should start installing immediately.

Alternatively you can setup a Windows Deployment Services and PXE/Network boot.
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dejectedAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much guys. I guess I could have looked up the specs on sql and windows server myself - learned a lesson there :0)

The live CD thing looks like fun - I'll report back once I have had a go. The RAID thing applies to me so I'll dig that out too.

Cheers
Neil
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