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Save yourself some trouble. Pull a CD/DVD drive out of another computer or just buy one. They are very cheap. Connect the CD/DVD drive to the server and install the OS as usual.

If you are lucky WS2008 will already have a compatible SCSI/RAID driver. Otherwise, you will need to press F6 and install the driver from the floppy.

If this helps please vote for my solution.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Oct 03, 2009


In the bios there is an option to install OS, make sure this is flaged as off, when you reboot you will have access to the full amount of onboard ram.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Sep 29, 2009


Another common way around installation is to copy the whole contents of the CD / DVD to a hard drive.

There are a few methods.

My proffered is to make a bootable flash drive on another machine with known working capabilities that will bot into either an XP-pre installation scenario or a Dos based one.

From there it is often possible to start the installation or even copy the required files to a drive on a machine.

Advantage of copying the files is that the CD / DVD would never be needed to add additional component as they are stored on the machine itself.

That also speeds up installation dramatically.

Bios consideration mus be taken into account when booting from flash drives.

Proper external Hard drives are another viable option

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Sep 27, 2009


Make sure that the Active Directory setting for the User you are using to RDP with (LDAP FQN) has the remote access option turned on.
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Securing_Remote_Access_Connections.html

Also make sure that the PC's you want to access have static IP addresses. Not sure if that was mentioned.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Sep 12, 2009


If this is a security concern then there is nothing to be concerned about so long as you do not plug a network cable into the RAC.

Otherwise, if it is an add-in card just remove it.

If you can't remove it there should be a way of accessing it when the server starts up. You should be able to go into the configuration and disable its functions.

I hope this helps.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Jul 19, 2009


The new RAID controller should read the data from the drives and work without difficulty. You will need to transfer all drives at the same time. Be sure to put the drives in the same spot in the new server.

Here are the bad news parts:

1. Your data is at risk. Make sure you do a good backup before trying this.

2. It is far more likely that your performance problems come from disk access or memory than the actual processor. If this is the case, then you probably won't be helping yourself with the migration. If you haven't already done so, analyze what is causing your performance bottleneck to make sure you are going in the right direction.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Jul 12, 2009


you need to set the boot device priority in the BIOS in such a way that the computer will take an external CD/DVD-drive as first boot device. to do this, you need to enable USB legacy support first, save and exit from the BIOS settings and then return to the BIOS to set the USB-CD/DVD-drive as primary boot device.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Jun 22, 2009


I would definitively not recommend to remove the backplates, unless you want to ask for serious trouble with your system.

I would install a PCI SATA adapter card (one like these) and connect your SATA drives to it.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Jun 09, 2009


Possibly a power distribution board problem.
PDB requires replacement.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on May 13, 2009


the server 2008 installation includes the option to format the harddrive

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on May 02, 2009


As long as you have proof of purchase/paperwork......

Call Dell Customer Service.
Or E-mail them.....all info can be found on:
Dell.com!

You may be able to Download them....

Also Check your Poweredge Manuals......
Sometimes Dell is famous for having Everything backed up on a protected partition on the Hard Drive.......So a simple keyboard command (it might be "Ctrl+F11", not sure) at the bios boot screen can sometimes load the computer Back to it's original status.......

Also There's a better way if you don't mind ignoring all the CRAPPY software that comes preloaded with your operating system.......

Or, EVEN BETTER IDEA..........

Buy a New Copy of WINDOWS (I recommend XP PRO! since Windows 7 won't be released til around September this year......then upgrade to that.......SKIP VISTA......7 is way better, I would know!)

When You boot from the Disc, (True Windows XP OS Disk) you can delete ALL THE PARTITIONS and install a FRESH NEW WINDOWS INSTALLATION..........that's the best solution, in my opinion.........but call dell.......do both of these things!

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Apr 19, 2009


The Dell original standard CD drive shipped with the PE2600 is incapable of 'understanding' the latest generation of bootable CD's (no matter what the BIOS says).

As far as I can tell, it's not fixable in the firmware ..

However you can swap it out for a more modern drive - such as the TS-L462C (which is a plug in replacement combined DVD reader / CD reader/writer - and Dell post the required drivers on their PE 2600 web pages, so I assume it must be a 'supported' solution)


Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Apr 12, 2009


You'll probably need to get caddies for the drives. You can get them from Dell by plugging in your service tag at http://support.dell.com.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Apr 03, 2009


Have you tried connecting it to another USB port?

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Apr 03, 2009


Well your question is not clear. Someone has deleted you address book. Are you on a domain. Address book for your Exchange server

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Feb 10, 2009


PE2600 has lots of spare power (unless you are already using all 6 SCSI drive bays) ..

You can fit 3 x SATA drives in the space where the (useless) tape backup unit is sitting [you can even buy a 'proper' enclosure = Icy Dock MB453SPF or I think the SNT-2131 will fit ] .. and you can split the power off the Tape drive (4pin) power socket ..

I've not found a DVD burner (only a combined DVD reader / CD burner = TS-L462C) .. however if you have a spare IDE port you should be able to use an external unit [you will need an e-ide cable & enclosure for the drive]


Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Feb 09, 2009


This sounds like a RAM issue or a strange peripheral problem (when the driver loads it kills the system). Try running the system on only 1 stick of RAM at a time, swapping until you find a bad stick. Also, clean the contacts off with a pencil eraser before putting them in.

If this doesn't help, pull PCI cards one by one (except for the RAID card, if any - but do pull out, clean and put back in the RAID card just in case it's a contact issue) at a time until the system boots (or just try safe mode, but this won't tell you which one is a problem).

If the system still can't boot, then I'd say it's probably the motherboard.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Feb 05, 2009


This system does not support SATA, personally I would get a 10000 or 15000 rpm SCSI drive.

If really want to use SATA, you can get a SATA controller that plugs into one of the PCI slots. You can probably pick up one for under $50.

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Jan 03, 2009


Most consumer routers have a reset button near the power supply connection. If you unplug the router's power, hold that button in with a paper clip (properly bended / unbended) and then insert the power connector with the button pushed, it should re-set the router to the factory settings and password. All your personal settings will be lost but you will be able to start over and open the ports you need.

-Chip

Dell PowerEdge... | Answered on Nov 29, 2008

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