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Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

Kent Wicker
Occasional Contributor

Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

Hello,

I am new to HP's but have several other Windows boot from SAN servers so I am not new to the process.

 

I am using SmartStart 8.70, the latest, to install a Windows 2008R2 server as boot from SAN.  SmartStart sees my LUN, goes through the install process of copying drivers and windows files and then reboots.

 

Server then boots up to WinPE environment which SmartStart configured.

A command prompt pops up and loads wpeinit, then attempts to load c:\hpssbem.exe but gets a file not found error.

There is no c:\ drive.  There is a d:\ which is the smart start CD and there is an X:\ drive which is the winpe environment.  Diskpart shows no fixed disks which leads me to believe there are no Emulux drivers loaded.  It does boot from the SAN because that is where the WinPE was installed.

 

Should I be able to do this with SmartStart or am I missing something?

 

 

13 REPLIES
JTLoser
Occasional Visitor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

I am having the same issue.  Did you ever get an answer?

zargarmuneer
Occasional Visitor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

I am facing the same issue !

Kent Wicker
Occasional Contributor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

That was 6 months ago so I don't remember exactly, but I believe what I did was put the driver on a USB.  I just booted from the Windows DVD and told it to look at the USB for additional disk drivers.  Afterwards I ran the Windows PSP to ensure all drivers are up to date and installed the Insight agents.

 

Since I had 5 Windows servers to build, I syspreped the first one and used my SAN software to clone the LUN 4 more times and then attached one to each server.

Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

Yes it can, i have just tested this, below are the steps to achieve this (I have included detailed instructions for other people to benefit as well):

 

Pre-requisite:

BIOS Setup correctly (if you need instruction on this let me know)

 

Before you start you need the following: 

1. create an ISO image with the FCoE SAN Driver

2. Download the latest copy of SmartStart CD. (I have tested this with both 8.7B & 8.7)

3. Server 2008R2 ISO

 

Once you have the above proceed below:

1.  Connect to the blade using iLo Integrated Console

2.  From the top Menu Select Virtual Drives the Image File   CD-ROM/DVD

3.  Browse your local machine for the SmartStart CD ISO

4.  Once the ISO mounted reboot your system and hit F11 after it go through the POST menu.

6.  a menu will appear select 1) One time Boot to CD-ROM, by clicking number 1 in the keyboard

7.  Smart Start CD will now load choost Smart Start CD XXXX X64 w Fibre

8.  SmartStart sees your LUN, goes through the install process of copying drivers etc then look for windows CD

9.  Now From the top Menu Select Virtual Drives the Image File   CD-ROM/DVD then browse your local pc to find server 2008 iso and select that.

10. Smart Start then will continue windows installation then reboot

11. Server then boots up to WinPE environment which SmartStart configured. A command prompt pops up and loads wpeinit, then attempts to load c:\hpssbem.exe but gets a file not found error.

12. From the top Menu Select Virtual Drives the Image File   CD-ROM/DVD this time browse to the ISO that contain the FCoE driver and mount it.

13. now on the command prompt type the following D: then enter that will load the D Drive

14. now type drvload xxxx.inf where xxxx is the driver name then enter, the result should be driver loaded successfully

15. now type C: then enter, and shebang the SAN drive where windows installed will come up. you can enter DIR to view the content.

16. Finally now you can execute the command  c:\hpssbem.exe, and that will continue the installation.

Enjoy,

 

Mohannad Hamid

Systems Engineer

 

Enjoy, any question post back

 

WW476701
Regular Visitor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

Step 12 states to browse to the ISO that contains the FCoE driver but the file is and EXE file. The name of the .INF for step 14 is oemsetup.inf which might be correct, just not expected. Should we be looking for the FCoE driver in a different place?

Joe Cochran
Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

drvload command work with inf file, i assume you have the exe driver in that case you need to unpack the exe file, usually when you install the driver exe in a system it unpack it to a temporary location, you can run sysinternal process monitor then try to install the driver exe in another system find out where the data get extracted then copy that data into your iso cd. please bear in mind that i didnt recommend mapping a folder and recommended using ISO because of drive letter assignment. we want to map minimum item as we dont want C drive allocated to anything but windows installation. hope this answer your question.

Regards,

Mohannad Hamid

Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

If you look under pre-requsite i have asked to create an ISO with the FCoE driver, If the driver iz zipped it need to be unzipped then burnt into a CD. if its an exe content need to be extracted.
WW476701
Regular Visitor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

I am sorry, I stated .EXE and the file is a .ZIP. We have attempted a new BFS installation and got past the first reboot via adding the BFS driver again. The installation continued through the decompression and building the Windows 2008 environment and did another reboot and failed find the LUN or is missing a driver AGAIN. The error AGAIN is File: CLFS.SYS file failed to load or is corrupt; Status: 0xc00000e9.
Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

Can you please confirm how many virtual drive mapping that you have. i have specifically asked to use 3 ISO images, 1 for SMart Start another for Operating System Installation CD and the third one for Driver, map one at the time, as you will never need them all at once. reason being the more mapping you have, you will start loosing drive letter assignment.

 

second thing can you please state if the error message was a bluescreen of death or a command line error where you have access to execute further commands.

 

 

Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

I have done this multiple times never run into this probelm before.

 

initially only set the Primary FCoE Boot Parameter for operating install. Once OS is installed add the secondary parameter in the server profile

 

BIOS Configuration:

System Options - > nic personalities  set to FCoE

 

PCI Device Enable/Disable -> disable PCI Embedded Hp smart Array P410i controller

 

 

Set Boot order

Boot from SAN boot Order (IPL) -> Hard Drive C: to boot first

 

 

 

 

 

 

WW476701
Regular Visitor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

We do have three ISO images ready for the install, the SmartSmart, the Windows and the BFS driver. When it fails we have the screen shown in the attachment.

 

This is during the 2nd reboot. The OS bits are put in place in the FC LUN via SmartStart and then a reboot. During the 1st reboot the BFS FC driver is required and installed. We continue with building Windows, i.e decompress the files, count up to 100 % and a couple more phases and then REBOOT. Then the message in the attachment.

 

Initially only set the Primary FCoE Boot Parameter for operating install. Once OS is installed add the secondary parameter in the server profile.     >> Yes, one path is configured for installation. We cannot get to Windows to be able to complete the configuration. <<

 

BIOS Configuration:

System Options - > nic personalities set to FCoE    >> Yes, personality set for FCoE <<

 

PCI Device Enable/Disable -> disable PCI Embedded Hp smart Array P410i controller     >> There is no internal disk <<

 

Set Boot order

Boot from SAN boot Order (IPL) -> Hard Drive C: to boot first   >> The Boot order is set for C: as first in order. <<

Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

can you please confirm that a different Media Installation CD for W2k8R2 have been tested, as the one you are using may be corrupted.

 

 

We need to get a feeling if there are many others experiencing the same issue as well.

 

if you have already changed the media, try the following, use smart start CD to delete the installation by clicking erase when it load to the installation section then try again, and post outcome.

 

by the way thanks for screen shot, you are definatley on the right track, by the way are you installing on BL460G7 and using FCoE driver. maybe i can upload the driver that im using so you can try it. its worth a try.

Mohannad_Hamid
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can SmartStart be used for Windows 2008R2 Boot From San on a BL460c G7?

install the oemsetup.inf