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PowerEdge 2950 PERC Windows Server Install

Came across a PowerEdge 2950 with a PERC (raid controller) that needed Windows Server installed. The Windows Server ISO didn't have the PERC drivers and trying to inject the drivers into the Windows Server ISO failed.

Had to reset the DRAC:

  • -CTRL+E to access the DRAC settings to reset the password.
  • -ssh into the DRAC.
  • -issue the following to reset the DRAC: racadm racreset hard

Had to set the BIOS:

  • -allow SATA port to be turned on for the DVD.
  • -allow USB to boot.
  • -USB to show as HD.
  • -select boot menu.
  • -select USB.

Had to use the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU) v5.5.0 for this to work. This ISO is found here:

https://dl.dell.com/sysman/OM_v5.5.0_SUU_A00.ISO

Or the Dell System Management Tools and Documentation ISO here:
https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/drivers/driversdetails?driverid=p8v4x&oscode=wx64&productcode=poweredge-2950

Separate ISO's put together by running the following in command-prompt: copy /b om* OM_550_SUU_DVRPCK_A00.iso

After running through the options of the SBUU, the process looks for a DVD in the DVD drive. The process errors out if the DVD drive is unavailable and doesn't pick up the USB as the DVD. Go figure.

What makes this process difficult is because there are 54 downloads in the Dell Drivers web site for "SYSTEM-MANAGEMENT":

  1. Sometimes it is referred to as the "Dell OpenManage Systems Build and Update Utility" with the "OM" in the title and ISO name.
  2. Sometimes it is referred to as the "Dell DVD ISO - Dell Server Updates, v.5.5.0, A00."
  3. Sometimes there are other ISO's that seem like they should work but don't. Such as the Dell Installation and Server Management (ISM) ISO aka "Dell CD ISO - Installation and Server Management v.5.2.0."
  4. Sometimes the documenation refers to the Lifecycle Controller aka "Dell DVD ISO - Lifecycle Controller OS Driver Packs v.6.5.1" which doesn't work in my case.
  5. Sometimes the driver download page refers to the "OS Driver Pack DVD ISO" aka "DELL LIFECYCLE CONTROLLER OS DRIVER PACK V7.0.0" which doesn't work in my case.
  6. Sometimes the driver download page refers to the "Q1 Server Update Utility DVD ISO v7.2.1" which doesn't work in my case.
  7. Sometimes the driver download page refers to the "Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD ISO ,V 7.3.0" which doesn't work in my case.
  8. Sometimes the driver download page refers to the "Dell Windows OS install support pack, v6.3" or the "Dell Windows OS install support pack v7.0.0" which doesn't work in my case.
  9. Sometimes the driver download page refers to the "Q1 Server Update Utility DVD ISO v7.2.1" which doesn't work in my case.

In addition, the downloads are broken up into:

  • Embedded Server Management
  • Secure Systems Management
  • Systems Management

I'm not certain if a newer SBUU would work (or anything else for that matter):

https://www.dell.com/support/driver/us/en/04/DriversDetails?driverId=YH0GX&fileId=3406550491

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