Windows Server 2003

I just bought a Dell Power Edge T320 and I am trying to put windows server 2003 on it. When i load the dell setup utility disk it gives all the driver options but 2003. I contacted Dell and they said they no longer make setup utility disks for server 2003.

Anyone know where I can find an old Dell Setup Utility Disk?

Or how to install windows server 2003 on a newer Dell server...

John
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Spyder2010Commented:
Install Windows Server 2003 using a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 installation media(not one from Dell).  Once the OS is installed, get on another machine and download the NIC driver for that particular server(use service tag or model).  Once you can get to the internet on your server, patch it and put AV on it, then use Dell's driver download site to get whatever drivers you need:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriversHome/ShowProductSelector

FYI, unless there is a specific reason for using 2003, you should avoid it.  It is going out of support soon, and drivers are going to be hard to come by.
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north_Commented:
I would just install Windows Server 2003 on the server without the pre-configuration from Dell. You can manage the disk sizes and other features from within the OS itself.

Are you using a cd/dvd with windows server 2003 on it?
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johnsenecalAuthor Commented:
I have a copy of Windows Server 2003 R2. When I try to load the software from the CD, it stops on Setup is installing windows and does not do anything else. I though I had to use the Dell setup Disc to install WS2003...is that not right?
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CompProbSolvCommented:
Something to add to Spyder's good comment: you may need to download a disk controller driver to get Server 2003 to recognize your hard drives.  Go ahead as he suggested, but if it doesn't see any disks, then go to Dell's site and grab the appropriate driver.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No way should you be installing 2003 direct to hardware on a new server.  You're shooting yourself in the foot if you do.  2003 is 10 year old software - The T320 is much newer hardware and it costs a lot of money to create drivers for older platforms - especially ones that are not (or soon to be not) supported by their manufacturers.  MAYBE you can get it working, but odds are, something - if not multiple devices - won't work properly because drivers won't exist.

You need 2003?  Install Hyper-V and install 2003 in a VM.  The VM should recognize all virtual hardware and run fine and Hyper-V will have drivers for the new hardware.  Issue resolved.  (For the vast majority of cases).
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johnsenecalAuthor Commented:
Where would I find Hyper V?
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north_Commented:
It is part of server 2008 and server 2012.
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north_Commented:
Hyper V is an excellent solution if you posses licensing for server 2008 or 2012
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johnsenecalAuthor Commented:
I only have server 2003
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
north_ is partly incorrect.

Yes, Hyper-V is part of 2008 and 2012.  It's also FREE available from Microsoft.

HOWEVER, it's not an easy thing to setup because it doesn't have a GUI.  Hyper-V is a free version of Server that is preconfigured to run as Server Core with ONLY the Hyper-V role included.  For management, you have to either buy a third party utility such as VT Utilities or configure the firewall and DCOM settings to allow it to be managed by a Windows 8 system (definitely possible, but generally VERY tricky).  You're better off if you don't have experience and don't see the value in upgrading getting the VT Utilities and then configuring via that.

(If setting up servers is not your day job, I STRONGLY encourage you to hire someone who can do it right... then you can manage it, but at least its done right from the start)
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north_Commented:
The old Dell disk will probably not suffice. If you go to dell and put in the server model you might be able to download an OMSA iso that will allow for server 2003 install on that machine.
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north_Commented:
You can Download the Hyper V server Core here.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/hyper-v-server/default.aspx
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johnsenecalAuthor Commented:
I guess I will just have to bite the bullet and buy server 2008
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Buy 2012 - gives you licenses to install 2 copies.  And if you don't want to use 2012, you can still downgrade and use 2008 but at least you have the license for 2012
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Ratnesh MishraCommented:
Download Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V core from the following link ,its free and doesnot need licenses : http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=3512
This will be only cli based no GUI ,

Installation process can be followed by the following link : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753802(v=ws.10).aspx , only limitation is that the installation will have only one role i.e hyper-v role only . The link also consist of configuration part as well.

Now regarding running and managing the virtual machine ,you can configure RSAT tool for taking remote so you can manage the virtual machine in GUI mode from Hyper-V manager.

Even Microsoft has stopped support on Windows 2003 . So its better to have newer version of Operating system. If you have any specific application which is required for your production than you can run that application in compatibility mode of windows 2003 sp2. It will work .
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I think that Spyder2010's answer https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28268820/Windows-Server-2003.html#a39577720 was the first one to appropriately answer the question.  I would think that points should be awarded to that one.

The other answers questioning the reasonableness of installing Server 2003 are also good ones, but don't address the initial question.  This is a common problem on EE: the proper answer to a question is that the question asked is not the "real" question that should be answered.  Lee W's answer https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28268820/Windows-Server-2003.html#a39577742 is an example of an excellent solution to the base problem, but not to the issue that was posted.

I don't know the official rules for awarding points, but I would split them between those two answers.
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