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Windows Server 2003 Installation
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Windows Server 2003 Installation

Windows Server 2003 Installation

This chapter includes the following sections:

Installing Windows Server 2003 on an Internal Drive

This section describes how to install Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) x86 or x64 on an internal drive using Cisco UCS Manager GUI and the KVM Console.

Other versions of Windows Server 2003 are not supported.

Before You Begin

Make sure you have completed the prerequisites described in Installation Prerequisites Checklist and Service Profile Configuration Prerequisites.

Procedure
    Step 1   Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS B-Series Drivers DVD or in the DVD ISO file and extract them to a location that the server can access.
    Tip   

    If you do not know which drivers are required, reboot the server and read the output messages. As the devices are initialized, the boot process displays information about them. For more information, see Installation Driver Information.

    Step 2   If you are installing the OS or drivers from virtual media, launch the KVM Console and mount the media as described in Mounting the Installation ISO Image.
    Step 3   Mount the driver IMG image file for your mass storage controller or SAN HBA device:
    1. Click Add Image and navigate to the directory containing the driver IMG image file for your device and operating system.
    2. Select the IMG image file and click Open.
    3. When prompted whether you want to emulate the device as a floppy, click Yes.
    4. In the Client View area, check the check box in the Mapped column associated with the IMG virtual floppy, then wait for mapping to complete.
    Step 4   Power cycle the server using one of the following methods:
    • In the KVM Console, go to the KVM tab and select Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del.
    • In Cisco UCS Manager GUI, click Reset in the Actions area of the General tab.
    • On the physical server, press the Power button.
    Tip   

    If the server does not boot from the installation media, verify that the correct boot order is set in the associated service profile as described in Service Profile Configuration Prerequisites.

    Step 5   To override the normal boot order and boot from the installation media, in the KVM tab of the KVM Console, watch the boot messages and press F6 when prompted to enter the Boot Menu.
    Step 6   On the Boot Menu screen, do one of the following:
    • If you are using an ISO image, select Cisco Virtual CD/DVD and press Enter.
    • If you are using a physical install disk, select the disk drive in which that disk resides and press Enter.

    The server reboots from the selected device and begins installing the OS from the image or disk.

    Step 7   Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD. Watch carefully for the Press F6 to install third-party drivers prompt that is displayed early in the installation process at the bottom of the window.
    Important:

    Do not install the Windows 2003 OS or drivers on any drive listed as “Viking eUSB”. While the OS considers the eUSB drives to be the same as a local drive, Cisco UCS Manager does not let you specify which local drive the server should use as the boot drive. Instead, it always boots the server from the physical local drive and ignores any internal USB (eUSB) drives.

    Step 8   Install the mass storage controller or HBA device drivers from the virtual floppy:
    1. Press F6 when prompted to install third-party drivers. Continue to watch the installation process until you are prompted to specify an additional device.
    2. Press S when prompted to specify an additional device.
    3. Select your device from the list and press Enter.

      The drivers are installed from the virtual floppy.

    Step 9   Complete the installation according to the requirements and standards of your company by continuing to monitor the installation progress and answering prompts as required.

    After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login credentials that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

    Note   

    At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags.

    Step 10   Use Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder into which you extracted the Cisco drivers in Step 1.

    For details about the driver DVD folder structure, see Windows Installation Drivers.

    Step 11   Launch the Windows Device Manager and look for any devices that still have yellow flags. For each such device, install the driver manually through the Device Manager.

    Installing Windows Server 2003 on a Bootable SAN LUN

    This procedure describes how to install Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) x86 or x64 on a bootable SAN LUN using Cisco UCS Manager GUI and the KVM Console.

    Before You Begin
    Procedure
      Step 1   Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS B-Series Drivers DVD or in the DVD ISO file and extract them to a location that the server can access.
      Tip   

      If you do not know which drivers are required, reboot the server and read the output messages. As the devices are initialized, the boot process displays information about them. For more information, see Installation Driver Information.

      Step 2   If you are installing the OS or drivers from virtual media, launch the KVM Console and mount the media as described in Mounting the Installation ISO Image.
      Step 3   Mount the driver IMG image file for your mass storage controller or SAN HBA device:
      1. Click Add Image and navigate to the directory containing the driver IMG image file for your device and operating system.
      2. Select the IMG image file and click Open.
      3. When prompted whether you want to emulate the device as a floppy, click Yes.
      4. In the Client View area, check the check box in the Mapped column associated with the IMG virtual floppy, then wait for mapping to complete.
      Step 4   Power cycle the server using one of the following methods:
      • In the KVM Console, go to the KVM tab and select Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del.
      • In Cisco UCS Manager GUI, click Reset in the Actions area of the General tab.
      • On the physical server, press the Power button.
      Tip   

      If the server does not boot from the installation media, verify that the correct boot order is set in the associated service profile as described in Service Profile Configuration Prerequisites.

      Step 5   To override the normal boot order and boot from the installation media, in the KVM tab of the KVM Console, watch the boot messages and press F6 when prompted to enter the Boot Menu.
      Step 6   On the Boot Menu screen, do one of the following:
      • If you are using an ISO image, select Cisco Virtual CD/DVD and press Enter.
      • If you are using a physical install disk, select the disk drive in which that disk resides and press Enter.

      The server reboots from the selected device and begins installing the OS from the image or disk.

      Step 7   Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD. Watch carefully for the Press F6 to install third-party drivers prompt that is displayed early in the installation process at the bottom of the window.
      Important:

      Do not install the Windows 2003 OS or drivers on any drive listed as “Viking eUSB”. While the OS considers the eUSB drives to be the same as a local drive, Cisco UCS Manager does not let you specify which local drive the server should use as the boot drive. Instead, it always boots the server from the physical local drive and ignores any internal USB (eUSB) drives.

      Step 8   Install the mass storage controller or HBA device drivers from the virtual floppy:
      1. Press F6 when prompted to install third-party drivers. Continue to watch the installation process until you are prompted to specify an additional device.
      2. Press S when prompted to specify an additional device.
      3. Select your device from the list and press Enter.

        The drivers are installed from the virtual floppy.

      Step 9   Complete the installation according to the requirements and standards of your company by continuing to monitor the installation progress and answering prompts as required.

      After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login credentials that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

      Note   

      At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags.

      Step 10   Use Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder into which you extracted the Cisco drivers in Step 1.

      For details about the driver DVD folder structure, see Windows Installation Drivers.

      Step 11   Launch the Windows Device Manager and look for any devices that still have yellow flags. For each such device, install the driver manually through the Device Manager.