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  • It looks like it meets the minimum specs and then some. You may find that installing WHS will be a bit of a challenge, though; if the primary hard drive is SATA and the BIOS is configured to use it in SATA mode, then you'll need to supply drivers twice during install, and you'll need a floppy drive, which that PC doesn't appear to have.
    Monday, August 4, 2008 2:55 PM
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  • It looks like it meets the minimum specs and then some. You may find that installing WHS will be a bit of a challenge, though; if the primary hard drive is SATA and the BIOS is configured to use it in SATA mode, then you'll need to supply drivers twice during install, and you'll need a floppy drive, which that PC doesn't appear to have.
    Monday, August 4, 2008 2:55 PM
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  • I am not familiar with the installation of WHS, as this will be my first attempt.  Why would matter how the BIOS has the hard drive setup?  If I was building a PC from scratch, wouldn't I set it the same way?

     

    Monday, August 4, 2008 4:20 PM
  • The reason you could face problems, is because WHS is based on Server 2003. This was produced prior to SATA drives becoming a standard, so doesn't recognise them natively.

    This means, when you do the installation, during the first part of the install, which is graphical, you will need to use specific SATA drivers from the motherboard manufacturer and they also need to be Server 2003 compatible. After this, the server will enter a text-based setup section, when the drivers will again have to be available. This time though, you will need to press F6, as you would for other specialist installations.

    Also note that the server will reboot through the installation, and the DVD MUST be left in the drive right through the installation process until you see the Welcome message on the screen.

     

    Colin

     

    Monday, August 4, 2008 5:14 PM
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    Great, I'll keep that in mind.  Thanks for the help guys.   Would an external USB 3.5inch floppy drive work for this?
    Monday, August 4, 2008 5:36 PM
  • An external USB floppy might work. It has to be "driverless" and bootable (you won't boot off of it, but it may not be visible to setup at the appropriate time if it's not a bootable device).
    Monday, August 4, 2008 7:09 PM
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