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Hi all

We have an HP DL585 G1 server, with 4 x 64bit processors and many GB of RAM.
Our need is to load Server 2008 R2 64 bit onto it, so that we can run some VM's in 64 bit, to test functionality.

If we install Server 2003, Server 2003 R2 or Server 2008, we have no issues, the installation is able to see the Smart Array 5i card and allows us to install and carry on.

With Server 2008 R2, the Smart Array 5i is not seen, making us load drivers for it. The installation then continues, but when the server is set to restart and load up the initial Windows interface, the screen gets stuck on "Setup will continue after your server reboots"

The available firmware updates have been applied.
Other google's on this problem have pointed to the SCSI drivers, but we have tried all options from HP's site, and only one set works.

Can anyone guide us as to the cause of the non-reboot, or help with a Plan B ?

Many thanks in advance
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Why don't you try VMware's ESXi (VMware vSphere Hypervisor) on that server? It is free, very small and you can then install VM's as needed.
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Have you veryfied that vmware support for 64 bit OS are enabled in bios?
Try the CPUID tool.

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by:DoveSupport
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Hey rindi and zazagor, many thanks for your advice !

As it happens, it looks like the DL585 G1 will never be happy with Server 2008 R2. Every permutation fails !
Additionally, because it is a G1, VMWare ESXi doesn't like it either !?!?

Last resort is to load Server 2008 Standard and try to find a VMWare that likes IIS 7 . . .

So far, no luck !  Server 2008 is now installed, but the VMWare has issues . . .

Does anyone know of a way to get VMWare v1 to load on IIS7 (with v6 compat installed) ?
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What product do you mean with VMware v1? VMware is the company name, and they make many products like the vSphere Hypervisor or VMware Player or VMware Server etc....

Did you actually try vSphere Hypervisor as I suggested (also check the BIOS settings, you normally have to turn on VT mode for the CPU there, as on most PC's or Servers that setting is off by default). You should even be able to install it to a USB stick.
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by:DoveSupport
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Thanks guys for all your posts. No extra budget means no extra bits can be added to the machine.

It has come down to the fact that the AMD Opteron chips, and the A01 BIOS, can not support VT, which negates most of the options. Even loading a base Server 2008 and then trying Virtual Server 2010 didn't work.
Server 2003 R2 64 bit is now running, with MS Virtual Server 2005 R2 happy, HOWEVER, it cannot accept 64bit guests ! This rules out my attempt at running Server 2008 64bit and Exchange 2010 . . .

End result - use a different box, to achieve my goal !

Unless any other ideas spring to mind out there ?
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And yes, rindi, I did try the vSphere suggestion, thank you, but the BIOS has not option of enabling VT, seeing as the G1 does not support VT . . .
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Ok, well I got nowhere with the G1 server. In the end, I wait for new planned kit to come in, which does support virtualisation.
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