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Difficulties installing 2011 on my HP 490


Don W
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I was having a rough time trying to install WHS 2011 on my 490, I tried the unattended install routine about ten times with different USB drives/cfg.ini files and it always hung right after partitioning the hard drive. I then was looking through all the forums and saw where someone tried a different approach, they took out the boot drive and put it into a different PC and loaded it on that computer and then when it re-booted the first time they took out the HD and put it back into the 490. I tried it that way and it worked the first time. Has any one else had problems with the unattended install??? I am glad it finally worked but I was just wondering if anyone had any idea what I was doing wrong???

 

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Don

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That "load until first reboot" trick sounds great. I have to remember to check that out.

 

This is the cfg.ini I used when I installed VAIL w/DE. It worked like a charm:

 

[WinPE]

InstallSKU=SERVERHOMEPREMIUM

ConfigDisk=1

CheckReqs=0

SystemPartitionSize=60

 

[initialConfiguration]

AcceptEula=true

ServerName=VAILSERVER

PlainTextPassword=sdfsdf

PasswordHint=sdfsdf

Settings=All

I can only think of a few things:

  • use an HDD that is 160GB or greater

  • disconnect all other USB devices and peripherals

  • disconnect the other internal hard drives

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I think the format expected for the "cfg.ini" file changed since the beta and RC1 versions. Try something like:

 

[WinPE]
InstallSKU=SERVERHOMEPREMIUM
ConfigDisk=1
CheckReqs=0
WindowsPartitionSize=61440

[initialConfiguration]
AcceptEula=true
ServerName=VAILSERVER
PlainTextPassword=Passw0rd
PasswordHint=some password hint
Settings=All

 

While I did these instructions myself, I was struggling at the location of having to format the hard drive, so kudos to the folks over at MediaSmartServer.net for the help here. Their steps helped get me over that hump, although I noticed that their cfg.ini file is a beta version, which has since been updated. My cfg.ini file is the correct one for the RC2 and RTM releases of Windows Home Server 2011.

http://sbs.seandaniel.com/2011/04/how-to-install-windows-home-server-2011.html

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