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Anyone successfully install Server 2012 R2 Essentials on a Microserver N36L,N40L,N54L ?


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Hi, bios update fails if the bootable usb stick is created with a win 8.1 machine, the microserver starts to boot into dos and then reboots, I had to use win 7  to create the bootable usb and has now updated fine.

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Ah ha - this may answer my question as the USB drive was created with Windows 8.1.

 

Bloody marvellous as no Win 7 machines at home. I'll have to borrow one of the office machines.

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Nah.... I used a colleagues Windows 7 PC to create the drive. Lo and behold files now show as:

 

AUTOEXEC.BAT
COMMAND.COM
CONFIG.SYS
fat32lba.bss
flash.bat
IBMBIO.COM
IBMDOS.COM
kbd.exe
kernel.sys
ldlinux.sys
O41100113.ROM
readme.1st
Readme.txt
syslinux.cfg

 

So it looks like the original drive may have been okay if the flat files had been copied on to it.

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Yep just completed the BIOS upgrade without any issues.

 

I did turn off the inbuilt NIC in the BIOS first as I'm already using a third party card.

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Hi, bios update fails if the bootable usb stick is created with a win 8.1 machine, the microserver starts to boot into dos and then reboots, I had to use win 7  to create the bootable usb and has now updated fine.

I don't believe this is the case. I used a Win 8.1 pro machine to create my USB.

 

However, I had a similar issue to Tekguru on my first attempt, and resolved it in my case by switching to a 32-bit Win 8.1 Pro machine, as I remembered that was an issue back in the original days of the Microserver Bios hack.

 

Tekguru, was your successful USB created on a 32-bit or 64-bit Win 7 machine?

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The failed attempt was a Win 8.1 x 64 machine, the viable USB drive was created on a Win 7 x64 CAD workstation. Identical machines actually apart from the OS.

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I can also confirm that the bios update works and I was able to install R2 on my N54L. However I had to first remove all HDDs in the normal bays otherwise the update procedure didn't start. Don't know why.

But now I have a boot up time problem. See my other post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6638-gen7-n54l-long-bootime-with-4-hds-under-win-server-2012-r2/

Maybe this bios update resolve the installation issue, but leaves another problem with the NIC and 2012 R2?

 

Regards

milon

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Hi,

 

found a modded version of the latest bios (not verified yet).

Will binary compare first and try to reproduce the AMIBCP patch (if I can ;- ).

 

Link (in German) http://www.hardwareluxx.de/community/f101/hp-proliant-n36l-n40l-n54l-microserver-752079-430.html#post21503128

 

Also posted in "modified bios" thread and will post updates there

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3397-modified-bios-for-microserver-n40l-enables-hidden-features/#entry72904

 

Cheers,

Jens.

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