Dell PowerEdge T410.. 16GB Memory. Booted with the Dell DVD that came with the system and configured it to create the two RAIDs and to begin install of Windows 2008 SBS. It did it’s thing and rebooted into windows setup which asked for valid media. It would not find the virtual DVD media I had mapped using the Enterprise iDrac card in the system. I’m over 3000 miles away from this box. I got someone onsite to take out the Dell DVD from the drive and put in DVD 1 of the Windows 2008 SBS SP2 install disk. This worked.
It did it’s thing, but there was no indication that it was reading my Answer file that was in the virtual floppy drive for awhile. I’m typing this after the fact so I don’t remember if it was two restarts until I got the screen saying it was starting in migation mode…at least one restart and a lot of time waiting and wondering. Went through some of the dialogs and it stopped reporting that it did not have a network card and to please install. So I downloaded the drivers to my system, created a disc image (25MB), sent this to the computer I was using, mapped this to the virtual disc drive, and had it search for the driver. The files were there but it reported no valid driver. The NICs were listed under “Other Devices” in the Device Manager as NDIS Client for Broadcom NetExtreme…. Ended up downloading the windows installer for the device, mapped to virtual disc drive, and on the server, pressed CTRL-ALT-DEL, started the task manager (since still in install mode and no explorer) and ran the install. This worked.