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androm31
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raid setup bootable flags greyed

Trying to install windows sbs 2k3 on a proliant ml 115 g5, used nlite to create a disk with the RAID_10.3.54.10_S2K3_32 incorporated onto it. When I go into the array in bios, the bootable flags are greyed out - after running the first part of install, on reboot the install process hangs. All this is after running the install (successfully)on one of the (mirrored) drives with raid disabled. I formatted the second drive during the install process with raid disabled. The installation documentation says you can do it either way round. Any ideas of how to proceed? Thanks
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marcus1234
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

any reason you are not using the eay setup cd

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3683706&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3683705&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1005


my option is to disable raid install on 1 disk then in windows add raid driver in dev manager add ..new devices.... and add driver , then clisk restart catch it in booot and enable raid in bios
straight forward ,,



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androm31
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

Easy setup cd? yeah, turn on RAID and there's a big red message that says "The primary controller configured in your system is not supported by this version of HP proliant Easy Setup CD." which doesn't exactly inspire confidence...

I have installed sbs2k3 twice with RAID off. Then when I turn it on it won't boot. The instructions on the .docx telling you how to do a post-install raid configuration assume windows will boot and load 'scsi' raid drivers. It would be great to get that far frankly.

marcus1234
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

if you follow the steps above in that order it will work done it many times add driver before reboot...then stop post and enable raid..

enjoy
androm31
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

Thanks for your help Mark Do I just need to disable raid, or do I have to delete it and hose the mbr? I'm not sure whether u are suggesting I use the easy setup cd but you are obviously convinced the machine will be compatible with the software I'm planning on using. Thanks again
marcus1234
Honored Contributor

Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

disable in bios install on 1 drive only,

then add raid driver in dev manager add new devices , then raid controler provide driver , now we have windows waiting with raid driver but no raid

so we hit restart , on boot we go into bios and enable raid , now windows see bothdrives as it has driver waiting voila,,,

now hint


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marcus1234
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

no easy setup cd used okay:)
katie1
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

androm is all going well.


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marcus1234
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

hmmm katie


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androm31
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

Hi there, Mark, Katie, actually I have to wait to get the sbs2k3 media from microsoft. I disabled raid and went through the easy setup cd as far as entering the licence key - it does look like a good way to run the install process. Have discovered the key isn't on the ms open licence website so won't be proceeding possibly until the new year when the media arrives. One question, is RAID_10.3.54.10_S2K332 the correct version of the RAID software to install? thanks
marcus1234
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

looks fine for win 2003

NVIDIA nForce RAID Driver for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x32 Editions 10.3.54.10
2 Nov 200


marcus1234
Honored Contributor

Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

androm this

is my preferred choice



1. Install OS with Embedded SATA RAID Disabled(No Drivers or F6 required) on one Harddrive.
2. Once OS is installed, Extract the Embedded SATA RAID Drivers to a folder.
3. Goto Control Panel-> Add New Hardware->Device is connected->New Hardware->Raid Controller->Have Disk->Browse to the

folder where the Embedded SATA RAID Drivers were extracted. Select the .inf file->Install Adaptec Raid Driver.

4. Restart the Server goto BIOS enable the Embedded SATA RAID.
5. Press F8 and goto Sata Raid BIOS->Configure the Drives->Create Array->Raid 0/1
A warning message will appear "Warning: Configuring the drives will erase all Array information from the selected drives, if

that drive is part of an array. Arrays using any of these drives as members will be affected! Do you want to

continue?(Yes/No):". Press "Y" to continue.

6. If Raid 1 is selected it will ask you what is the Source Disk, select the Right Disk in which OS was installed

previously. Warning message might appear again. Select "Y".

7. Rebuild will take sometime, once rebuild is complete restart the server.

Once rebooted Raid would be detected and windows would boot up, in windows it would detect new hardware and Adaptec Raid or

nvidia drivers will be installed. Now Server is built migrated to Rai



androm31
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Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

mark1234:

(Happy New Year! after a long interval waiting for disks to arrive:)

(written whilst cursor is blinking in top left hand corner of screen - possibly rebuilding the array? it hasn't said so)

My proliant is showing slightly different choices than you have suggested are available in this process. After 2 more abortive attempts I have low level formatted both drives and using the easy install cd have installed the operating system (taking the extra step of disconnecting the mirror disk).

1. the hardware to add is nvidia not adaptec.

I have taken the step of adding all three devices from the *.inf, nvidia raid controller, nvidia raid device and nvidia Serial ata driver, all showing exclamation marks in yellow circle as hardware isnt detected yet.

(now I reconnect both drives and enable raid)

2. even after low level format, the bios still thinks there is a mirrored array
I simply don't get "Sata Raid BIOS->Configure the Drives->Create Array->Raid 0/1" when I press Press F8 .

I did however follow the steps to rebuild the array. The disks are very quiet, the cursor is still blinking but I don't want to turn it off now in case it is rebuilding the array. How long should I leave it for 150gb drives? (20 mins so far)

I suppose the next step will be to go in and delete the array . Is it possible to do this without re-installing SBS2k3 for the 5th time on the first drive? e.g. by saying no to delete mbr.

MTIA
androm31
Occasional Advisor

Re: raid setup bootable flags greyed

Ok.
Finally cracked this.

To Boot from the array I had to:

1. enable nvidia raid
2. Unplug dvd drive
3. disable raid on the hard drive array
4. enable raid on another 2 sata channels with nothing attached to them - a phony array to get the drivers properly installed.


The system then boots and finds the nvidia array, reboots again so all the other components of the driver are installed.
( I removed one item with a yellow warning !)

5. enable raid on the boot drives
6. F8 add the drives back to the mirror, save and exit without clearing mbr.

System boots from the array.
Re -run nvidia driver 10.3.54.10_s2k3_32 to install nvidia gui RAIDTOOL application.

Hope this helps.