Trying to install WHS (Home Server, not 2011) on Dell GX280 via OEM SLP KEY Dics

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  1. Justin325

    Justin325 MDL Novice

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    Is it possible to install Windows Home Server (based on Server 2003) on a Dell Optiplex GX280 via OEM SLP KEY Disc?

    I searched and can't find the OEMBIOS that matches mine (see below)

    Windows XP OEMBIOS Test v1.1/269/106
    F: Dell System OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=63875D1F
    F: Dell System OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=B6F0EEFD

    I don't think I'm understanding the proccess correctly. Do I alter my OEMBIOS on my system to match the manufacturer of the OEM install Disc?

    If someone could kindly give me the correct steps to get me pointed in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    For server you need SERVER oembios* set from here

    And how about reading: Sticky: Convert Windows Home Server PP3 Trial to OEM

    You might just learn something in a process
     
  3. Justin325

    Justin325 MDL Novice

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    I did read this. My question is this.

    The Available sets for Dell are:
    DELL CRC-C20D8FF5:
    DELL CRC-99735910

    When I run the OEMBIOS TEST on my machine i get:
    Windows XP OEMBIOS Test v1.1/269/106
    F: Dell System OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=63875D1F
    F: Dell System OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=B6F0EEFD

    Does that mean this is not possible on my specific system?
    I guess I'm not understanding the logic. Am I adding OEMBIOS strings to my computer, and then using the correct files (dell ones) to make the install disc?
     
  4. Tito

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    Basically you need to run the updated oembios tool to detect the proper SLP strings. The extra advantage is the ability to identify Server specific oembios sets. FYI, the hashes of XP & Server oembios is different even for same string(s).
     
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  5. Justin325

    Justin325 MDL Novice

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    #5 Justin325, Nov 30, 2012
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    Read this sticky
    Convert-Windows-Home-Server-PP3-Trial-to-OEM

    The link in STEP 2 is dead (edit - meant STEP 1)
    mediafire.com/?d1pfoa3wwcadlwn

    The link in STEP 5 is dead
    textbin.com/o0324
     
  6. redroad

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  7. Justin325

    Justin325 MDL Novice

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    Sorry... I meant the links in Step 1 and Step 4 are both dead links.

    I was able to follow the steps Tito suggested and got the correct OEMBIOS SLP Strings for my system. I was able to compress the files and replace them in the i386 folder and create the new ISO, but I did not perform part 2 of Step 1 (Copy contents within the archive below over the extracted ones) because the archive link is dead. Is this just if I do not have an OEM Disc? because I think I have an OEM Disc.

    Also Step 4, the textbin.com link is dead, so I don't know what PID key to put in.
    (Key PID format 78495-OEM-4211965-XXXXX)
     
  8. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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  9. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    #9 redroad, Nov 30, 2012
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    If you have an OEM disk and it is dell and you have a dell server CRC then no worries that's all you need however if the disk is not dell then you maybe able to use it by putting OEM key in at install.. There are 4 disks in total i believe and one is the install disk
     
  10. Justin325

    Justin325 MDL Novice

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    Got it to work! Thank you all for your help. I learned a good bit through this process.
    Stayed up all night researching and figuring it out. Thank you all for your guidance.

    Now I'm off to buy a few 2tb drives... :caffeine: