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Cant install Windows 2012 on UEFI enabled IBM Server

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Hi Community,

I have installed several servers in the past, but I have no experience with UEFI or Windows 2012.
I have an IBM X3550 which had Windows 2008 in the past.

I broke the RAID 1 mirror on purpose and re created it to clear everything.

I changed the boot order and deleted the Windows Boot Manager option on the BIOS.

No matter what I do, whenever I want to install Windows 2012 from its DVD I get to boot from the DVD and then almost immediately the attached screen.

What should I do to be able to successfully install?

I think I am missing something in regards UEFI becuase I though that by clearing everything (breaking the RAID and re doing it) would be enought to delete every trace of the previous OS.

Thanks for your help!

Fernando
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by:David
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Does your controller support UEFI and windows 12? Are the drivers on the media?  Check the IBM site, and also make sure that BIOS is current.  If drivers don't exist on the IBM site, you're screwed and wasting your time.
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Hi, Thanks for your comment.

I see the whole UEFI menu when the server boots, so I dont think thats the issue.

And It shouldn't be a Windows 2012 issue either.

Any other ideas about this?

Thanks!
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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You have to use the EFI boot not the MBR boot.. In your boot options you will see the dvd twice one as MBR and the second as EFI boot
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by:ITCentralPoint
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Thanks David, how do I access the EFI boot?

I only have options F1 Setup, F12 Select Boot Device, and there I see the normal boot options, nothing else.

Thanks!

Fernando
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Hi guys, just wanted to give you an update on what I´ve ended doing that worked.

Using a DVD to install would give me the screenshot error.

So I created a bootable USB drive using these instructions and copied the contents of the ISO by decompressing them into the root of the USB drive.

Booted from the USB drive and worked beautifully. I was able to install Windows 2012.

My doubt still remains in regards of why UEFI seems to be such a pain? Was this problem related to UEFI at all? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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