Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 x64

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by bm256, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. bm256

    bm256 MDL Novice

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    Hi all, this is my first post here, so please forgive me if I have not searched long or hard enough for the answers I seek. Unfortunately, I am terribly confused by everything I've found.

    I bought a second hand Dell server the other day, which still has its COA sticker but I have no media for it, and would prefer to be able to install a version of Server that will accept the license key that I already have.

    From the threads I've found that talk about WSS, I keep seeing mentions of "normal" Windows Server, WUSS, etc. and it's just confusing me. I understand that ISO's can be converted from Trial to OEM or MSDN/Retail.

    The COA sticker says it's the Workgroup edition.

    So here are my first questions:

    Are all those versions of server the same thing underneath or with a little conversion?
    Do I need Retail or OEM?

    I would appreciate any help anyone can give here.

    Regards,
    BM.
     
  2. bm256

    bm256 MDL Novice

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    Right, I've found this thread very helpful for creating a Dell OEM disc for Server 2003, but now I'm stuck at how I get from there to Storage Server 2003?

    Unfortunately, I can't post links yet...
    /threads/22855-Server-2003-gt-Trial-to-MSDN-conversion-using-Delta?p=542352&viewfull=1#post542352

    Again, any help would be great!

    Thanks,
    BM.
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    #3 sebus, Jul 4, 2012
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    Searched anything? Surely not!

    In advanced search use wudss as keyword & sebus as user

    You will get plenty of hits

    sebus
     
  4. bm256

    bm256 MDL Novice

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    #4 bm256, Jul 4, 2012
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    I've got as far as creating an x64 MSDN Retail disc using the instructions in the post I linked to above.

    Now is where I need some help and clarification... to create the OEM version, I need the correct OEMBIOS files, and to modify SETUPP.INI.

    I've downloaded the OEMBIOS files, and it seems quite obvious where to put them, but do I need to modify them before I use them? Also, I can't find SETUP.INI so far. Should I create a new file or am I just missing it?

    Thanks,
    Ben.

    EDIT: Found the SETUPP.INI file, just need to know what to do with the OEMBIOS files now :)
    EDIT: I'm done now, I've managed to make it work! I've been trying for DAYS to make this server work and now it is, so I just want to say thanks everyone. I'm going to put a list of instructions up that I used to make this disc. Even if it's too old now to help many other people, I personally would like to have all the instructions and links in one place.
     
  5. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    #5 sebus, Jul 4, 2012
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    Instructions are pretty simple & well documented in other threads.

    Especially this one

    Why bother with 2003 ? Use 2008 R2 Storage Server. Nicer, quicker, easier

    sebus