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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 CIMC GUI and the KVM Console.

Other versions of Windows Server 2003 are not supported.


Note


Cisco has developed the Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility for C-Series Rack-Mount Servers, which can perform an unattended installation of some Window and Linux operating systems. This utility is shipped with new servers on the CD, and you can also download the ISO from Cisco.com. See the user documentation for the latest release of this utility at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/products_user_guide_list.html


Before You Begin

Make sure you have completed the prerequisites described in Installation Prerequisites Checklist.

Procedure
    Step 1   Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-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 CIMC GUI, click Summary in the Navigation pane, then click Power Cycle Server in the Actions area of the Server Summary tab.
    • On the physical server, press the Power button.
    Step 5   (Optional)If you want to set the boot order that the server will use after the OS is installed, watch the boot messages and press F2 when prompted to enter BIOS setup, then set the boot order.

    For details, see Configuring the Server Boot Order Using the KVM Console.

    Step 6   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 7   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 8   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.
    Step 9   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 10   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 11   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.

    Tip   

    If you experience slow performance when using Windows Server 2008 R2, get the latest drivers for the onboard Intel 82576 NIC directly from the Intel site: http://downloadcenter.intel.com.

    Step 12   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 CIMC GUI and the KVM Console.


    Note


    Cisco has developed the Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility for C-Series Rack-Mount Servers, which can perform an unattended installation of some Window and Linux operating systems. This utility is shipped with new servers on the CD, and you can also download the ISO from Cisco.com. See the user documentation for the latest release of this utility at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/products_user_guide_list.html


    Before You Begin
    Procedure
      Step 1   Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-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 CIMC GUI, click Summary in the Navigation pane, then click Power Cycle Server in the Actions area of the Server Summary tab.
      • On the physical server, press the Power button.
      Step 5   (Optional)If you want to set the boot order that the server will use after the OS is installed, watch the boot messages and press F2 when prompted to enter BIOS setup, then set the boot order.

      For details, see Configuring the Server Boot Order Using the KVM Console.

      Step 6   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 7   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 8   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.
      Step 9   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 10   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 11   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.

      Tip   

      If you experience slow performance when using Windows Server 2008 R2, get the latest drivers for the onboard Intel 82576 NIC directly from the Intel site: http://downloadcenter.intel.com.

      Step 12   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.