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joem
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Let me ask a stupid question here. How are you supposed to install the OS without an optical drive? Are we supposed to install an optical drive into the case first? Or is there some new technology I don't know about? Thanks.

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One option is a USB DVD drive, the other is to copy the ISO to a bootable flash drive.

Take a look at this. http://www.homeserverhacks.com/2008/04/build-green-400-windows-home-server_21.html

http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/01/30/creating-a-windows-7-installation-usb-drive-on-a-friday-night/

 

Some people have also installed the Vail beta on a MediaSmart server using a flash drive.

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/26/how-to-install-windows-home-server-vail-from-a-usb-flash-drive/

 

Nope, not a stupid question.

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The USB drive is more than likely the easier try but you would really have to examine the BIOS of the HP device. My guess is it may have been coded to receive input from a PC on the same subnet to install from the WHS disc.

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The USB drive is more than likely the easier try but you would really have to examine the BIOS of the HP device. My guess is it may have been coded to receive input from a PC on the same subnet to install from the WHS disc.

 

The original MediaSmart Servers had a 256 meg flash chip on the motherboard with the boot information. When you pressed the reset pin during power on, it would boot off that chip, puting the server into recovery mode. What was neat was that the server could stay on the same network along with other PC's. With the EX49x series, HP got cheap and removed the flash chip. Now when you press the reset pin it goes into a PXE boot. The server has to be off the network and only connected to the PC runing the installer. That DVD now includes the necessary software to find the server and install the OS.

 

I don't like how it's done now, so I created a bootable USB flash drive that has the original EX470 software so I can boot my EX49x on the network as was originally done.

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Thanks for the replies. I have an installation server I use at my business that houses all versions of windows. Should have thought of that. I could put the iso on there. I use this server for Windows reinstalls. I just browse to the version of windows I need over the LAN.

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