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Installing SBS 2011 on a Asrock Z87 Extreme4

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I'm trying to install SBS 2011 on a Asrock Z87 Extreme4 motherboard but I cant continue because it cant find the network card drives

I browsed to the drivers on the CD but it wont install them

Also I tried to use a RAID 10 with 4 2TB WD black but when I went to install windows it keeps dividing the 3.6TB into a 2TB and a 1.6TB partitions

not sure what to do if I need to change the board or is there a way to work around these issues ?
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by:rindi
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Download and install the Windows 7 64bit drivers from the asrock site as they don't have SBS 2008 r2 drivers, they should work with SBS 2011.

Never ever use onboard RAID. that is a mere fake-RAID and highly unreliable. Rather use Windows built-in software RAID, or get a real hardware RAID controller along with enterprise class disks (WD black are desktop disks and not good for RAID, although they might just be OK for Windows software RAID).
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by:pgm554
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<WD black are desktop disks and not good for RAID, although they might just be OK for Windows software RAID).

The price difference between an RE4 and a Black is almost nil,get the RE4's.
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by:dpmitsolutions
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I downloaded the windows 7 64bit drivers to a USB and browsed to the folder and it didn't find it
I can't run the install exe for the network card from the sbs install because I can't skip the bit where it wants to detect the network card before it will let you continue
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by:pgm554
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Download the inf
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by:dpmitsolutions
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I downloaded the INF and copied the extracted files to a USB and It still wont install the drivers for the network card

any other suggestions before purchasing a separate gigabit network card that is compatible with SBS 2011 ?
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by:rindi
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First install the chipset drivers. It is likely once the chipset is installed (and the system rebooted) you don't even need to install the the NIC's drivers separately, as very often they are then automatically detected and installed.
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by:dpmitsolutions
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how do I skip the step that wants to detect the network card during the installation
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by:Cris Hanna
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Here's the the problem, you're trying to use relatively newer desktop board to install an older server software.  You're going to have all kinds of issues finding drivers.  There is no way to bypass the valid NIC requirement.  Your best bet is to buy a separate NIC that has server OS drivers plug the network cable there and disable the onboard NIC in BIOS.

I hope this is for your own use and not for a business to use in day to day operations
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by:pgm554
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I see the other download has driver too,try the Pro1000

Make sure you disable one of the onboard NIC's as SBS will only recognize one.
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had to buy a network card that worked with SBS 2011
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no drivers could be found for SBS 2011 had to buy one and install it
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