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How to setup Windows 2011 on Poweredge2950

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I have bought a second hand Dell Poweredge 2950 Gen 2 with 8 gb, a Perc 6/1 and 6 Sas drives (146 Gb). I want to install Windows SBS 2011 64 and create a Raid 10. The server came however without additional software.

I understand that before I can run the 2011 Setup I first must prepare my system with Dell Software. I think this page offers me the files ( http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/ServiceTag/45H973J ).
When I select as operating system 2008 64 the choice is still too big. What software do I need to prepare my Poweredge for Windows 2011.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Although not necessary, you "can" use the OpenManage software to help you install the OS.  You will need the SMTD (Systems Management Tools and Documentation) DVD:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/555/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-2950?driverId=CMY20&osCode=WS8R2&fileId=3289202330&languageCode=EN&categoryId=SZ

You can also install directly from the OS DVD, and the PERC drivers will be "native" to Windows, BUT you MUST configure RAID in the CTRL-R utility before attempting to install or no drives will be seen.
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by:TheoRichel
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Wow that seems to save me a lot of work... or does that Open Manage software offer something the OS-disk does not?
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by:TheoRichel
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And can I add another question (tell me if I need to open another question for it). Do I install the remote access before I install the OS or afterwards? I can connect it to my hub, but that is now still controlled by my current 2003 SBS servers' dhcp.
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If you use the OpenManage software instead of directly from the OS DVD to install:

- it will walk you through creating RAID
- it will walk you through partition sizes, etc.
- it will install a diagnostics partition
- it will install ALL needed drivers during the install
- it will install the OpenManage Server Administrator software (optional, BUT recommended)
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by:TheoRichel
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That is great and enough for me now to get going. I'll put the Drac-question in a new thread.
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