How to configure Raid 5 and install OS on Dell PowerEdge R710?

How to configure Raid 5 and install OS on Dell PowerEdge R710?

I recently bought a refurb Dell PowerEdge R710.  I have gone through the process of configuring older PowerEdge systems several years ago by booting to the Dell System Administrator disk and then configure and installing the OS that way.

Would the same technique hold true for these new model Poweredge R710?  What bootable Dell disk would I use?

I will be installing Windows Server 2012 R2.

Thanks in Advance!
cmleavittAsked:
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Manuel FloresCommented:
Yes, it is the same... however you must check if the software is preinstalled (suppose no).

I think this is the CD.
http://www.dell.com/support/home/es/es/esbsdt1/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=YH0GX

http://www.dell.com/support/home/es/es/esbsdt1/product-support/product/poweredge-r710/drivers
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rindiCommented:
First of all, never use RAID 5. That is an obsolete and unreliable type of RAID. During a rebuild you have a high risk of data loss. Besides, today's disks are large enough that you don't have to risk your data by using an unreliable form of RAID.

RAID 6 or 1 are far more reliable...

New Dell servers no longer use a boot DVD/CD to setup the system. It is rather built into the firmware and iDRAC. Something similar to what HP uses. HP calls it "Intelligent provisioning", Dell calls it "Lifecycle Controller". Check the manuals of your server for details on how it's lifecycle controller is used to set it up, provided it is new enough to have such an option.
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Manuel FloresCommented:
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You can still use the latest version of the installation disc if you wish (use Systems Management Tools and Documentation (SMTD) instead of Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU)). You can also use the LCC/iDRAC to install (basically the same as SBUU/SMTD, just integrated to the system), but you will need to make sure you update the LCC first. Or you can simply boot to the Server 2012 R2 media ... it is a fairly simple install that way.
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cmleavittAuthor Commented:
The system build disk worked for the Raid configuration and OS install
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