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How can I add RAID Drivers to the SBS 2003 R2 Install Disk?

Posted on 2011-03-17
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We have a new server that we need to install SBS 2003 R2 on.  As is often the case these days the RAID hardware is not recognised by SBS and the motherboard doesn't have a floppy drive controller.  Our USB floppy drive is also not recognised by the SBS installation.

I've been searching for a way to customise the SBS install disk to add the required drivers but all references I've found so far suggest using nLite to make the changes.  I've tried every version of nLite I can get my hands on (from the latest back to v1.0 final) and none of them recognise the SBS 2003 R2 disk as being a valid Windows install disk due to lack of i386 folder.

Is there a manual process for adding drivers to the SBS disk?  Other software which can achieve this?  Some method for installing SBS on a machine with an unrecognised RAID controller?
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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http://nliteos.com

This can integrate drivers, service packs, turn on/off features, etc.

When using nLite, choose Multiple Driver files, select all the drivers it finds and select TextMode.
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I apologize for suggesting nLite, when you said it did not work for you ... I just wanted to post the part of using nLite that confuses most people ... it is by far the easiest tool to do this with, if you can get it to work.  There are Microsoft deployment tools that can do this, but I am not as familiar with those, as this has always worked for me.  You could also consider a USB floppy drive.  If your server is a Dell, depending on your system, there may be a couple of other alternatives to you.
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OK we got this to work.

This is what we had to do.
Load Raid drivers on to USB drive and Floppy disk
Connect both of these to the internal USB Flooy port on the mother board using an exyernaly powered USB2 HUB
This allowed us to select the raid controlled we needed and then the windows install found the drives on the floppy.

Very Happy
Thanks

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