Install 2016 Action Pack on HP DL360e Gen 8 v2 - Not working at all.

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Trying to install Server 2016 on a HP DL360e Gen 8 v 2.

Cannot boot with images. Intelligent Provisioning cannot see anything useful on the USB stick.

Tried using Rufus, NLite, Windwos 7 USB tool.

Also trying HP USB Key, but when I select the ISO, it says not supported.

I am using Action Packs ISOs downloaded. Also even tried putting RAID drivers on a custom boot using NLite as suggested by someone with the same problem.

I have an embedded RAID and also p420 1GB.
So I have made some logical drives on the P420.

Any ideas anyone... I am a little foxed at this stage.

Thanks


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Top Expert 2013

Commented:
I had a similar issue with HP server and 2016 Eval.  
Ended up getting an iLO trial license, putting iso on network share and mapping DVD to it, RAID drivers on USB (recommend Fat32), then using iLO remote console, ran provisioning and chose manual install.  It found ISO and during windows install I chose RAID drivers from USB.
William FulksSystems Analyst & Webmaster

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Have you made any progress with this one?
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Does the BIOS support uEFI boot? Rufus will set up the flash drive for uEFI (2x partitions) by default with any Windows Server image.

Make sure uEFI boot is enabled, though not Secure Boot, prior to plugging in the flash drive set up by Rufus.

Boot _from_ the flash drive when the Boot Menu option presents itself.

Does the Windows Server installer find the logical disks set up on the RAID controller? If it does not, then set up the F6 driver on the flash drive as well (we use X:\_Drivers on the flash drive for this purpose).

Now, if the server does not support uEFI then use DiskPart to set up the flash drive:
 + Start --> DiskPart CTRL+SHFT+ENTER --> UAC Elevate
 + lis dis
 + sel dis X (where X is the flash drive)
 + clean
 + cre par pri
 + lis par
 + sel par 1 (Partition created above)
 + format fs=ntfs quick label="Windows Server"
 + active
 + assign

Then, copy the contents of the server .ISO file onto the root of the flash drive. Make sure to have the F6 driver on there too.

Boot from the flash drive, select VD0, and install the OS.

Once done install and run the HPE management utility to update everything.

I suggest downloading the latest CU and Servicing Stack Update and slipstreaming it into the install.WIM _before_ copying onto the flash drive.
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Distinguished Expert 2018
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Try winsetupfromUSB http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/downloads/ to create the image. It has capabilities that other ISO2usb writers simply don't have - and those are needed in case of 2016 on some hardware.
Set it like this:
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Catch with FAT32 is the 4GB file size limit. So, in the case where the CU gets slipstreamed in that Install.WIM file won't be able to be loaded onto the stick.
Distinguished Expert 2018

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exactly. That's why you need winsetupfromusb as it overcomes that limit by splitting and re-joining the .wim file at runtime.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Ah, IC. I think we'll stick with the simple flash drive format for non-uEFI setups and Rufus for uEFI setups. We've not had a glitch at all other than some older Toshiba Tecra laptops being persnickety with the Rufus setup.
Distinguished Expert 2018

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The 2016 wim file is larger than 4 GBs by default. Now try to install that in uefi mode. Your tools will succeed only on hardware compatible to ntfs uefi booting, Phil, but there is a lot of hardware incompatible to that.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Got it. So far, we've been installing our Intel Server Systems and Dell PowerEdge. We've not ventured beyond that too much.
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
>>"when I select the ISO, it says not supported."
My comments were based on this.  At what point does it say unsupported?
In my case it would recognize the media, though I created multiple USB and DVDs, then the Windows install ran but upon reboot I got the ISO/OS version is not supported.  Has to do with HP provisioning checks.  Thus the manual install.  That being said, on HP servers, I usually use the provision and a network share.  No need for customized USB keys or double sided DVDs.
RomoloIT Pro, Projects, Mentor, Trainer

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hey all... yes I've seen some items about this and I figured fat32 and 4gb limit would probably kick in.

when I used hp usb key it said the from iso option would not let me as my iso was unsupported.

so either I write a DVD and then hp usb key

or I try splitting the wim. I used Nlite and slipstreamed raid drivers into the install.

however when I boot the usb it says non system disk.

so I figured I might have to go network share in HP IP.

however I might try the usb split the file using what's suggested.

I will try and push on. thanks v much for the comments. I will feedback.

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RomoloIT Pro, Projects, Mentor, Trainer

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So far so good..

Went the easy way with HP Intelligent Provisioning and Network Share.
Image available.

Annoying... but hey ho.

I have updated to latest everything in maintenance of HP IP.
however 2012 r2 is still the highest OS shown even though the HP matrix shows HP DL360e is compatible with 2016.

Going to steam ahead under 2012 r2 guise.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

R
Distinguished Expert 2018

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"HP DL360e is compatible with 2016" - so you are fine. it does not matter if the tools to install the OS are not compatible as long as the server it self is.
RomoloIT Pro, Projects, Mentor, Trainer

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installation failed about 70% through green saying it could not apply unattended settings..... probably because it was set as server 2012 r2...
Will try again with no product key etc.. .IF it lets me

Any idea?

Thanks

R
Distinguished Expert 2018

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Simply use winsetupfrom usb - takes minutes to do so.
RomoloIT Pro, Projects, Mentor, Trainer

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Nope... does not let me progress unless I fill the unattended stuff.

I really wanted to get this server going so a network share would have been ideal.

I will go with winsetupfrom usb if I must .. however, spent yesterday messing with so many options.. so would prefer this.

Any ideas anyone on how to get this displaying 2016 in the HP IP?

Thanks

R
Top Expert 2013

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If you do manual install it will bypass all the checks and unattended, but you do need the RAID drivers on a key
RomoloIT Pro, Projects, Mentor, Trainer

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Winsetupfromusb worked a treat.

The network share should have worked if my HP IP had recognised 2016 IMO.

However, that USB boot and splitting worked 100%. No need for additional RAID driver too..

Just worked!! Will be a new tool for special setups as well as Rufus.

Thanks All

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