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Force Install of 2008 R2 to install to MBR

Hello,

I am attempting to install 2008 R2 onto an IBM 3650 G3 server using serverguide. It keeps setting the drives to GPT whereas I want it to use MBR (for imaging to VMware for backup).

Is there a way of forcing serverguide to install to MBR? The disk sizes are under 2TB.

Thanks
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RichardSmee
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it depends upon which boot you select (EFI) or not.. in your boot options do not select EFI
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Setup the OS install without ServrrGuide, what size disks, array do you have?
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noxchoCommented:
What is the size of your drive you are trying to install server to?
Disable uEFI in BIOS or preformat the drive manually. Right now I think you select simply HDD and let the OS format it automatically.
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RichardSmeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments. The drives are 4 x 600 GB in RAID 10. I wanted to use Serverguide to get all the IBM drivers and stuff installed with the OS. I haven't noticed any uEFI stuff in the BIOS but I will check that now.
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noxchoCommented:
When you get to the step where HDD should be selected during installation - go to advanced options and format the drive manually use Create new partition. This will let you format the drive as MBR. Then install OS into this partition.
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RichardSmeeAuthor Commented:
If I disable uefi the system boot states that the disks are handled by the BIOS but then Serverguide does not see any hard disks. If I use uEFI Serverguide sees the disks but there is no advanced option to allow me to set the partition as MBR. ANy ideas please :(
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noxchoCommented:
I meant Advanced options of Windows 2008 installation process.
Zou can use third party partitioning tool to preformat the disks and then run install to specific partition.
Bz the way where do you select to which drive you want to install Windows?
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RichardSmeeAuthor Commented:
Got it working finally thanks.

Had to go into the BIOS and put Legacy Only as the FIRST boot option (didn't work as any other).
Then had to install from the 2008 r2 installation disk not and Serverguide.
In the 2008 installation I had to do wipe all the partitions (including ones put there by the IBM / previous installs / uEFI).

This enabled me to create the new partition as you said which was then partitioned as MBR.

I can also now convert this to a VM for DR purposes now. Thanks
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RichardSmeeAuthor Commented:
Forgot to mention, I only got this working with a m5015 scsi controller. The m1015 that came pre-installed with the server would partition to MBR at all.
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