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Installing Server 2003 (R2) x64 on a Dell PowerEdge with a Perc5i controller including pitfalls and how to avoid them

When installing Windows 2003 x64 on a Dell with Perc5/6 controller using DRAC virtual media you may encounter the following issues:

  1. The default windows installation media does not contain the drivers for the raid controller. As a result disks will not be visible during setup and you will not be able to install Windows.
  2. The Windows 2003 install does not contain the drivers for the raid controller. As a result disks will not be visible during setup and you will not be able to install Windows.
  3. By putting the standard Dell Perc5/6 Windows 2003 x64 drivers on a (virtual) floppy and pressing F6 during Windows setup the drivers will not be detected, the raid controller and disk will still not be visible and you will not be able to install Windows. PS: For creating a virtual floppy an easy to use program is winimage.
  4. Even though you integrate the standard Dell Perc5/6 Windows 2003 x64 drivers into the installation media using nLite, the raid controller and disk will still not be visible and you will not be able to install Windows.
  5. When installing by using DRAC virtual media, the first setup part (text-mode) will complete. After the first reboot however, you will get an error stating something like the files or cdrom cannot be found or please insert the cd-rom containing the files.

The solution lies in the following actions:

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Microsoft Skydrive improved, but freely available space decreased from 25GB to 7GB for new users. Existing users need to perform manual action to keep 25GB.

Microsoft SkyDrive is decreasing the storage available to users from 25GB to 7GB. Existing users however can keep the 25GB but manual action is required: http://ludwigkeck.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/get-your-free-25-gb-of-skydrive-storage/

Also keep in mind that Microsoft Skydrive will become more and more integrated with Windows 8 and that they have also released an application (like dropbox) that also works for previous Windows versions. For more information check:

UPDATE:

Google drive has also launched and also dropbox is making improvements to its service. Before deciding to use any service however, compare their terms of use: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/24/2972228/cloud-storage-terms-of-service-comparison-avoid-google-drive

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Cloud, ICT, Microsoft, Public Cloud

 

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