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dell poweredge 2800

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Hi,
I have a dell poweredge 2800 server
no OS installed
when I try to boot to the virtual CD, the BIOS sees it however it never tries to boot to it.
I set the cd to boot first - no change
I tried a couple of cds - no change
I tried an external USB cd - no change

What should I do ?

Thanks
Al
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by:Brian Gee
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Just a question: are you able to use said CD in another system and have it boot fine (essentially, is the CD itself bootable)? Sorry for having to ask that, but sometimes verifying this might be helpful...
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You said "virtual CD" ... are you trying to boot to media mounted through the DRAC?

As suggested ... make sure your CD is bootable on another machine.  When you browse that CD, do you see a single ISO file, or the actual contents of the OS CD?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Does the PowerEdge of a DVD player? Windows 2008 Server is a DVD install if the PE 2800 doesn't have a DVD drive it will not boot
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by:K_Wilke
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It could be that the CD/DVD unit itself is bad?
Thank you,
Kelly W.
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yes, the CD drive itself was bad
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Then your USB CD ROM should have worked.  Did you get it working with the onboard using another drive?

To install 2008 or later, you can also use USB on a 2800:
http://jesscoburn.com/archives/2007/10/15/installing-windows-2008-via-usb-thumbdrive/

If you have a DRAC, you can use the DVD drive on another system to install through the "virtual media" feature of the DRAC 4.
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