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Installing OS from DVD Dell R620 server

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We received a Dell R620 server from the factory.  It was sent without a DVD drive with the normal process to install via network drive.  We don't have that ability.  So we ordered the appropriate DVD drive from Dell.  We are trying to install Oracle Linux OS, but the Server doesn't seem to recognize the DVD drive.  Is there something that needs to be done to the server, so that we can make the DVD recognizable to boot from?   we've also tried to boot from a USB flash drive, but as mentioned in other posts, that seems like an impossibility.
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2 things...

When you installed the drive did you make sure the SATA cable was connected and power cables?

You then might have to enter BIOS and into the SATA section to see if the drive is active, if not there's a setting to switch it on
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There's an odd issue with the floppy emulation with booting from USB sticks.  I've booted many Rx20 series of servers with USB sticks before so I know they all work.  The USB stick you have may need to be created a little differently to work.  See this post:

http://www.mindwerks.net/2012/08/the-case-of-the-non-booting-usb-thumb-drive-and-the-dell-r620/
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Big Help, Thanks guys we now have this working
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