Upgrade OS on HP DL360 Server


I have a DL360 Server running windows server 2003 which I intend to upgrade to windows server 2008 R2.
is it possible to do that using HP SmartStart 8.3 ?
I downloaded windows server 2008 R2 ISO from Microsoft and tried booting from USB didn't work and I searched for CD version of the ISO but couldn't find so it turn out that I'm left with the Smartstart option since the server does support DVD it has a CD-ROM

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Server 2008 R2 is 64-bit and Server 2003 is very likely 32-bit. You cannot upgrade in place. You have to back up Server 2003, install Server 2008 fresh and then restore your data.
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
I don't intend to upgrade cause I don't care about the Data however my only option is via CD and there is no ISO image split for windows server 2008 R2 like part1,2....
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
I already tried booting from USB but it didn't work out
but can't SmartStart do fresh installation of windows server 2008 R2 ?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
but can't SmartStart do fresh installation of windows server 2008 R2 ?  <-- I think this will assume DVD's supplied by HP.  Have you asked HP Support if they can supply DVD's to install Server 2008?
Are you sure your hardware is 64 bit at all? Is Windows 2008 r2 supported by it? Which generation DL360 is it? Do drivers for 2008 r2 exist?

There are several generations, and the older ones were probably still 32bit.

If the server hardware supports 2008 r2, you can try using the pLop boot manager to boot from USB. It is included on the UBCD:


But if your server only has USB 1.1, it will be SLOW.
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
I already made a bootable usb using wintoflash but in the server boot settings USB is not supported.
what exactly does smartstart do in the case of fresh install ?
if I do have the DVD but the server doesn't support DVD ?
can you provide download links for CD version cause I cannot find over the web?
Again, which generation is your server? If it isn't gen 4 or above, it won't support a 64bit OS anyway and you won't be able to install 2008 r2.

Smartstart prepares the the server for the installation (sets up the RAID array, asks you which OS you are going to install and prepares the drivers for that OS, and when ready the CD pops out and you insert the OS installation DVD.

As I mentioned above, you can use the pLop boot manager to boot from USB. You first boot the UBCD, go to HDD, and then Boot Management, pLop boot management. Then you get a new boot selection among which you can select USB. After that your USB stick should boot even if the BIOS doesn't have that option.
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
thanks for the info
I will confirm the specs tomorrow and try the pLop tool
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
It' a DL360 G3 with windows server 2003 R2 X86.
So I believe I can't install windows server 2008 R2 only windows server 2008 right ?
what options do I have ?
No. That server only has 32 bit CPU's and they can't be upgraded. You will have to get a new server. You could try the 32 bit version of 2008, But also that OS only comes on DVD's, and you probably won't have drivers for the hardware. Besides, 2008 Server is already relatively old, so I wouldn't use that either.
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
so I cannot just use smartstart 8.7 x86 to prepare the OS and then when prompted for windows server 2008 ISO use the pLop to get USB detected and boot the ISO from USB ?
is this a good approach if I intend to format that server ?
No. There are several issues you'll have. One of them will be that server 2008 won't be among the options to choose from on your SmartStart CD. Another is that even if it were an option, your server doesn't have a DVD drive, so you wouldn't be able load the 2008 DVD once the SmartStart CD pops out (you'd at least have to replace the CD drive for a DVD drive for a chance of this to work).

You could use the SmartStart CD to prepare the array, but that is about it.

A further problem will be drivers. Checking the driver downloads on the HP site for your server, there are no drivers for 2008. That means you'd have to get lucky for 2008 to be able to install, At least the driver for the SmartArray controller would have to be included with 2008, or you'd have to find a 2008 driver for it if it isn't. You can always try booting the PC using the UBCD and then selecting the pLop boot manager, and then booting your USB stick with 2008 on it, but if it won't recognize the array you won't be able to install the OS.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In addition to all the above, Server 2008 is starting to get long in the tooth. Maybe time for rethinking and get a proper Server 2012 R2 64-bit machine. This will be easier, less problem and last longer.

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Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
thanks guys,

I will try my chances tomorrow and let you know
I'm wondering why that was the answer you selected? You asked if it were possible to use the smartstart CD to install 2008r2, Which I said you could not, and also that 2008r2 was incompatible with that 32 bit server, as Windows 2008r2 was64 bit. So I believe my comments were the correct answers.
Hani_SAAuthor Commented:
Sorry about that
but I ultimately ended up formatting the server and installing windows server 2008.
you're right I'm sorry for not sharing credit knowing that I meant no offense by it.
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