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    Adaptec Drivers

    Hi

    We have an oldish server on site running 2003 Server & I would like to install 2008 R2 on it. The problem I have is finding a driver for the SCSI controller. It's an AIC-7902B-ULTRA320, with the vendor and device properties being: VEN 9005 DEV 801D, & I've searched online in vain.

    I'm not that clued up on these things, if anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

    Paul

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    Does it definitely need a separate driver? 2008 and 2008 R2 have a vast store of built in drivers for SCSI controllers and RAID cards, I have managed to get some ancient stuff working without having to load anything additionally. If not, you may find no 64 bit driver has ever been made for that part, in which case you're stuck with 2008 R1 x86 or replacing the part.
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    How are you going about doing it? I assume you are selecting additional drivers (or something like that) at the beginning of the 2008R2 o/s install wizard?

    Have you setup the RAID array? As if that isn't set up from the start, no matter what driver you put in you won't see your hard drives.

    Normally during the boot up of a server it will say press F (something) F6 is a common one to access the RAID controller.

    This occurs before it even begins to look if there is a disk in the DVD drive to boot from.

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    in which case you're stuck with 2008 R2 x86 or replacing the part.
    There is no such operating system. 2008R2 is only x64. 2008 (the microsoft mistake) was the last server o/s in x86.

    You do have a point though, if the server is many years old, there might not be a x64 driver.
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    Thanks for the reply guys.

    The array is set up and yes, Server 2008 setup says it cant find any drives insert media blah, blah. Guess we'll have to upgrade.

    Cheers

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    The odd thing is, I cant find the card on the Adaptec site : /

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEvans View Post
    There is no such operating system. 2008R2 is only x64. 2008 (the microsoft mistake) was the last server o/s in x86.
    Stupid typo! Yeah that's what I meant, my context shows it then I stuffed up by typing R2. I have edited the post now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Stupid typo! Yeah that's what I meant, my context shows it then I stuffed up by typing R2.
    Haha. 2008 R1. Good save

    HallX, What spec is the server you intend to put the 2008 R2 (or R1) on. It might not be worth the hassle if the kit is old. Maybe drop down to 2003R2 and do 2008R2 in the future on a newer, higher powered server. (or if you wait long enough Server 2012).

    Ideally you just want the server to sit there and process requests, the actual GUI (technically speaking) shouldn't matter too much. Hence Core Edition.

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    @DEvans

    It is old kit, I was just going to use one of the older servers (6 years, how time flies!) as a stopgap as we are purchasing 2 new servers for DC's a little later in the year. Currently i have have 1 DC running 2008R2 and another running 2003, I wanted to have 2 DC's running 2008R2 but, as I say, we are having 2 shiny ones in the not too distant future.

    Hey Ho.

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    you'll need signed 64bit drivers for Server 2008R2 to accept them. I got away with using server2003 64bit drivers on my old Fujitsu Server. if you cant find your card on the adaptec site look for the chipset. (may have to physically look at the card in your server)

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    Thanks for that chap. I may have the server out of the rack during Easter if need be.

    Paul



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