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    Install Win2k3 on Intel Server without Floppy

    Thought I'd share this gotcha with folks as it took me about 5 hours to suss out what I was doing wrong and get things up and running.

    Scenario:
    Brand spanking new server with no floppy drive and no connector for one.

    Problems:
    -Using the Server deployment kit fails on one particular file every time
    -slipstreaming in the software txtmode driver and creating a bootable Win2k3 OS gets you so far but it keeps rebooting 10 seconds into the final first boot.

    Solution:
    -make a note of the exact drivers that the server deployment tool is trying to incorporate into the install (it pretty much slipstreams them on to a space on the hard drive)
    -locate the same drivers on the dep' tool disk and extract to individual folders somewhere
    -use nlite or similar tool to slipstream in ALL of the drivers you've ID'd above and then boot with your new disk in the system.


    I'm guessing the combination of using a WHQL driver instead of the "latest" one that the web based tool was original suggesting, and the other chipset, nic, etc.. drivers being included was what got it working.

    Anyway, hope that makes sense for someone who finds themselves in a world of server pain.

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    Using nLite is the most straight forward method. Make sure you slipstream 2003 SP2 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Using nLite is the most straight forward method. Make sure you slipstream 2003 SP2 too.
    Well I did use nLite.. and one of my many coasters also have SP2 on it... What it lacked was the other drivers which is where perchance I went a bit pete tong.. Hard to know exactly why though...

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    Make sure the drivers you're integrating are for Windows Server 2003. Integrating chipset/SATA and ethernet drivers should do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Make sure the drivers you're integrating are for Windows Server 2003. Integrating chipset/SATA and ethernet drivers should do the trick.
    Now he tells me

    Yep... that's more or less what happened and what succeeded... Although the drivers being correct for the platform is a bit of a no-brainer..

    I know I'm having a bad day but not that bad :P

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    I hate stating the obvious sometimes, but it happens to the best of us If it's still failing then that is a little strange. Are you using drivers off the CD that came with the motherboard or downloading the latest from a website?

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    Nah... it's not failing now but when I first tried I went with:
    - Win2k3 Std (No SP's) & slip in RAID driver

    Then... in I tried creating a bunch of different disks using the Deployment disk but that fubar'd on the same file every time..

    Finally I went with Win2k3 Slipped SP2 + all the drivers I noted as being attempted by the deployment tool disk as per my original post.. (ie: RAID, nic, chipset, backplane).

    That last worked perfectly without the deployment tool disk which frankly failed something awful... Could have been the primary source disk which I think was a County IT "cleaned up" disk... hard to be sure though.

    .. T'is working now though so I can relax re: that at least.. :P

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    I had a similar situation,no floppy drive or floppy connection on the mainboard. I just plugged in a usb floppy drive and installed the drivers from floppy disk



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