Dell PowerEdge R710

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-30
Anyone knows for any special things required if I install MS Window 2003 on DELL PowerEdge R710 ? I need to install the 32-bit platform due to restriction of my application going to run on.
I heard that I should use SP2 for the installation, is this the truth ?
Question by:francis_lai
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    Yes.  Most of the drivers are dependent on SP2.
    You will most likely need to create a CD with the RAID drivers integrated into it, so if your media isn't SP2, then you can use to integrate the Service Pack at the same time.

    You can also use the installation utility to install the OS, which will walk you through configuring RAID and will install all the needed drivers.
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    NO big deal , you can install Windows 2003 first then SP2 patch it later.

    of course you may dont be able to use its server asssistant CD if it stick on windows 2003 sp2.
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    Why need use something like vmware. This will allow you to run almost any x86 OS on almost any x86 hardware. As far as the drives go, just install vmware tools and it has all of the drivers.
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    "you can install Windows 2003 first then SP2 patch it later"

    Not necessarily. Some of the drivers fail without SP2, particularly certain RAID drivers.  

    The questions was "I heard that I should use SP2 for the installation, is this the truth?", and the answer is:  it depends on many things, including hardware configuration, but yes, the "truth" is, he should (not that he must, but he should, because it could fail otherwise).

    The installation utility (SBUU/SMTD) requires SP2 - there is no way around that.

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