Can DELL T110 run SERVER 2012 R2 or, preferably, SERVER 2016. - Problems with installation

Marshall Kass
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Trying to install SERVER 2012 R@ or Server 2016 on Dell T110.  Cannot get past the initial setup screen as it says there are no storage devices.  
I have 3 Drives in RAID 5 (newly created volume) - When I try to install 2012 or 2016 it tells me there are no storage devices - it doesn't see the integrated Perc S100 controller.  I have downloaded and expanded the Dell Pre-OS Deployment kit and I have to remove the "hide non compatible devices" to see any type of controller, but it does not load it or recognize the Volumes.
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
They will install, but you have to have either a disk with the RAID drivers installed and tell the install to use them or create a new install package that has the drivers in them. https://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2013/03/add-drivers-to-windows-server-2012-iso-image/ has info on doing the latter.

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Thank you, but I was able to get the drivers installed and 2016 on the system myself.  I am having issues with OpenManage now.  Need to find out which version is supported on the T110.

Marshall
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I opened the DRVPK_APP_WIN_R288544 and RAID_DRVR_WIN_R245795 and found the driver I needed in one of these (I forgot which).  It allowed me to load the Perc S100 driver and then install SERVER 2016.
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Thank you Adam.  I really appreciate your time and energy.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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Test your performance.  The S100 controller is AWFUL.  Dell has no right selling it.  In performance tests I did with a client, it was SLOWER than a DVD drive.  We solved the problem by bypassing the S100 - just plug directly into onboard SATA ports and use software mirroring in Windows (the S100 uses software mirroring anyway).  The onboard SATA ports were 20x+ faster (again, test for yourself!)

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Thank you for that insight.  I will look into it or possibly, add a 3rd party RAID with some cache.

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