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Can't boot from DVD ROM with DELL Poweredge T105 Server

I have a bootable ISO (W2012 OS) in my DVD ROM in T105 Server, but it won't boot to the DVD ROM. It always boot the C Drive that has W2003.
I tried the same DVD (W2012 ISO) on another PC and it runs W2012 installation menu.
I tried a new DVD burner on T105, but it still does not load from DVD.
When I press F11 to manually select the boot device during the boot process, it shows DVD ROM as first bootable device (as I saw in BIOS program) and I select DVDROM, but it blinks a few lights and directly goes to C drive to load W2003.

I have used this DELL T105 many times to test other OS in the past. I even tried Win7 OEM DVD, but it still does not load from DVDROM.

Can you help?
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sglee
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rindiCommented:
Follow the instructions in the Link below to create a bootable USB stick from your DVD and install from that:

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

There is also a tool available that automates the process:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/WinSetupFromUSB.shtml

In your Question you stated that you tried a new DVD burner. Do you mean you changed it's internal burner? Or did you use an external one? Maybe the server can't boot from external drives. Also, did you insert the DVD while your 2003 OS was running? Were you able to read the contents of the DVD?
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
DVD Contents(1) Do you mean you changed it's internal burner - I opened the computer, disconnected data&power cables from existing DVDROM and connected cables to a brand new Internal DVDROM.
(2) did you insert the DVD while your 2003 OS was running - No, I inserted DVD before the server boots.
(3)  Were you able to read the contents of the DVD -  I put the DVD into another computer. Please see the screenshot.

Looking back, I tried to run VMWare ESXi on the server and failed. During the process, I must have done something to the BIOS to make it bootable from USB ... I remember.
Could it have anything to do with this problem?
When I bought this server, I usede to install OS from the CD/DVD ROM w/o a problem.
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rindiCommented:
With (2) I meant whether you could read the DVD on the server, just to make sure the player is working.

Normally if you use F11 to get to the boot menu you should be able to boot from the device you select there, but it can of course still be possible that you have changed something too much in the BIOS, or that it is looking for a CD drive connected to some other device.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I removed the Internal Hard Drive from the boot order list, leaving DVROM the only bootable device and the server started with 2012 Server installation.
The only problem is that the installation program does not see the internal hard drive to install OS.
But when when the boot order is set to (1) DVDROM (2) HD, it checks the DVDROM for a few seconds (with blinking light) and load OS from the (2) HD.
What I am going to do is to take the HD out and attach it to another computer to erase it.
Then enable HD in the boot order list.
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rindiCommented:
Normally you have to press a key on the keyboard for the installation to proceed from the DVD. If a key isn't pressed in time the system will boot from the next available device (the HD). Some PC's take some time for the display to get ready and show anything, and if that was the case you would miss that message. If the HD isn't partitioned then it would automatically boot from the DVD, so what you are thinking of trying might work. But on the other hand Dell servers have a long time within post, so normally the monitor should have more than enough time to get ready and display things, and so I'm not so sure here. Of course what you could try too, is to press a key on the keyboard as soon as you see the DVD LED lighting up.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@rindi
"Normally you have to press a key on the keyboard for the installation to proceed from the DVD. If a key isn't pressed in time the system will boot from the next available device (the HD)" ---> come to think of it, you are right. I think I was expecting the message "Press any key to start from CD/DVD ROM". But this computer, obviously, does not display the reminder on the screen.
I should have press any key on the keyboard when DVDROM light was blinking .. DUH!
Anyway I deleted partition on the HD and put it back to T105 and the server started from DVD automatically because the hard drive was empty.
Thank you.

But now I am  getting the message, after initial Window 2012 set up menu, "No device drivers were found. Make sure  that the installation media contains the correct drivers and the nclick OK". Does this mean that DELL T105 is not compatible with Windows 2012 server?
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rindiCommented:
You probably need the driver for the controller your HD is connected to (usually a PERC of some sorts), provided that message shows up when it is looking for an HD to install to. As Windows 2012 is a new OS I'd expect it to have older drivers builtin, but of course that doesn't have to be the case.

Personally I'd first try the installation by booting with the OpenManage DVD that came with the server. With that DVD you first setup the hardware and HD's (usually a RAID array), and then you select the OS you want to install from a list. As 2012 won't be included in the list yet I'd select the closest, like 2008r2 server. After a while the DVD should eject and ask you to insert the OS install DVD. That way you don't need to provide the drivers manually, as the preparation does this automatically.

If that doesn't work, prepare the drivers for the Server and save them on a USB stick. After that try the OS DVD installation again and when it asks for drivers try to load them from the stick. If that doesn't work either, try to install the server from a bootable USB stick like I mentioned in my first comment.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I do not have a hardware RAID card on this T105. I connected HD to one of the SATA ports on MB. I can't believe W2012 install DVD does not include the drivers for older hardware.
But I will try to install this on a production server that is supposed to be compatible with W2012 server. I was trying to use my test server to how it works first before installing it on the production server.
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rindiCommented:
If it is attached to a normal SATA controller you may still need that controller's driver. You could of course (since you already played around with ESXi), install it as a VM on that server.

Personally I'd rather install all my server OS's as VM's, it makes you more flexible hardware-wise, you can easily move it from one server to another etc.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I have installed VMWare on another server and am familiar with it.
This time I am going to try Hyper-V on Windows 2012 Server and then install two separate OS as VMs.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I have downloaded Win2012 yesterday and I thought it was a complete download.
Today I am downloading it again and noticed that yesterday's download file was < 2GB and today's file is about 3.5GB. Apparently yesterday downloading was incomplete and that's the reason I was having a problem installing it.
I will try with new download this evening.

Since you helped me solve the original question, let me close the case.
Thanks for your help.
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