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I am trying to install  Windows Server 2012 Foundation ROK on a new HP Proliant ML 310e Gen8 V2 E3-1220V3 Server.  I have configured to two 1TB SATA hardisk to Raid 1 using the HP built in Software.  When I try to install the Windows Software using HP Intelligent Provisioning. Everything Starts ok with formattion of of the Array and then when it Shows the following mnt/boot/sources/boot.wim  The Status light on the Server starts flashing red which tells me there is Problem but not what is the Problem.  I not sure the I have explained the Problem correctly but if someone coulg guide me in the correct direction maybe I can get this done.

In advance thank you for your help
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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Pull the raid controller logs to see what's happening.  

For ProLiant Gen8 servers, ACU is embedded in the system, available during boot with the F5 key. For more information about ACU, see the Configuring Arrays on HP Smart Array Controllers Reference Guide on the Documentation CD that ships with the controller.
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I am sorry but I am not sure how to pull the raid Controller logs I can start the ACU but do not see where I can get logs any help would be appreciated.
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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It's a good idea to wait half an hour after creating a raid container before installing the os.

However there's an new way to go about installing Server 2012:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/data-center/how-to-install-windows-server-2012-on-hp-proliant-servers/

The SSP/ACU cd will also allow you to get into the container details and diagnostics.
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by:it-Italy
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Josef thanks for the above link which I have read.  My one question is how to do as he suggested when I can not even install the OS on the Server.  Any help would be appreciated
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When you go into IP there is a insight diagnostic option, go into that and pull the Integrated Management Log (IML), that'll tell you about any hardware errors. You can get to the IML through iLO too but you've already found IP so you may as well get to it that way.
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Thank for the info will try and then post what I found.
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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The solution to the chicken and egg is to start with the bare-bones server.
The Server 2012 setup is not invoked by booting form CD but by booting the system and pressing <F10>
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/server-software/product-detail.html?oid=5219984#!tab=features

Unfortunately a problem that can be anticipated is that the BIOS doesn't recognise the Server 2012 CD as such.  Is this the problem you are having?
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I would like to thank Josef and  andyalder for there help especially Andy who explain how to test the System.  Upon testing the System I found the I got a red Status light and the System would hangup when testing the Memory (RAM).  It appears that you can install extra Memory before you install the OS using the IP as it Looks like it does not recognize the additional Memory.  Once I removed the extra Memory and only used the orginal 4GB everything works as it should.

Again thanks for the help.
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by:Joseph O&#39;Loughlin
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Has the server Non Uniform Memory Architecture (NUMA)?  Or is their faulty RAM?
Reducing RAM to get an OS to install was something I last saw with OS/2
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Josef after I removed the extra 12GB RAM and returned to the 4GB RAM that the Server was delivered  with I was able to install the OS using HP IP without and Problem and once the OS was installed I inserted the additional 12GB RAM without and Problem and the Server is now running without Problems.  I would appear that HP IP does not recognize anything but what the Server is delivered with until the OS is installed.

but again thanks for all you help and remember we continue to learn new things
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by:andyalder
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Probably badly seated DIMM, you wouldn't get the internal health LED on for a software installation problem.
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Thanks to andyalder and Josef imputs I found the Problem which was a defective DiMM and after removing it everything works as it should.
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I picked mine even though they got me on the right track but it was me who found the problem
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