win 2012 R2 setup on Dell poweredge R710

i can not seem to get win 2012 installed on this platform. it just errors after setting up HD and tells me to please wait a few moments and try again.  suggestions???

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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I trust you checked/updated all firmware and BIOS versions to the latest or at least the recommended versions?
There's a list of the minimum supported BIOS to be found in this document.
Maybe the firmware of the disks is not up to date and causing issues?

There's also a Dell installation guide that might give some pointers
binarytornadoAuthor Commented:
yep, i looked at both of those.  The problem I am having is installing windows 2012 R2 in UEFI instead of BIOS installation mode. BIOS mode seems to work fine (sans it's known limitations) however, UEFI does not work at all. first time in over 20 years I could not figure out how to install a flippin' O/S!... VERY frustrating!!!
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Hmmmm yes UEFI can be a problem sometimes... Don't really know how to help... You obviously can boot and start the installation... So it just hangs after disk config or??
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Which controller are you using? If a PERC 6 or H700 did you create AND INITIALIZE RAID? You said the BIOS was up to date, but equally important is the controller firmware for compatibility with the native PERC driver version. What make/model drives are you using?
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
what size is your raid container for windows?  if 2tb or smaller, any reason you need to use uefi?
Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
Did 2012 come pre-installed on this Dell? If yes did you try using the diagnostic/install partition to install? Further most Dell come with a Dell OS install DVD (can't think of the proper name right now); that does all the prep work for you prior to installing--updating BIOS, downloading latest drivers and then takes you into OS install--do you have one of those, if you do try it.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Further most Dell come with a Dell OS install DVD...

this has been replaced with the lifecycle controller which is part of the system (F10 during post)
it also allows for firmware and bios updates in addition to OS provisioning
binarytornadoAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

solved myself
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
then specify how you resolved it and select that comment as the solution
binarytornadoAuthor Commented:
installed via DVD instead of USB drive. UEFI would not let me install via USB drive regardless of FAT32 format on drive. Like I stated previously...Problem solved myself.

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Like I stated previously...Problem solved myself.
The problem is that is all you stated. You aren't allowed to delete a question saying "I figured it out myself" without documenting the solution. Or you can say you give up.
binarytornadoAuthor Commented:
I figured it out before anyone else could help me resolve the issue.
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