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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Precopy preparation stuck at 15% during Dell System Build

Recently i got 2 Dell Poweredge 2950 and it does not come with Dell System Build Manangement CD. With excitement of having extra two (2) servers for virtualization, then i decided to download the files from dell website. There are 2 iso available so i decided to download and burn them into 2 separate DVD. I put in the first DVD and booted off of it and then choose the System Builds and Update Utility. Then went through and choose my 2008 R2 x64, time zone, etc and told it to apply. Then it stopped dead 15% into it at Precopy preparation for quite a long time.

After troubleshooting for a while, i have decided to check back the Dell website. The solution is listed in the Additional information.
To address a browser limitation around downloading large files (see Microsoft KB article 298618: You cannot download files that are 2 GB or larger -, the Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD as a single ISO file is no longer available for web download. You can do one of the following to get the content:

1) If you recently bought a server, please use the DVD that shipped with your hardware.

2) Download the two ISO file segments to a new, empty folder and concatenate them. Create a single DVD image file using the following commands:

Windows: copy /b OM* OM_620_SMTD_A00.iso
Linux: cat OM* > OM_620_SMTD_A00.iso
 Never expect these important information is listed under Additional Information. Wasted 2 DVD and need to follow step 2 in order for the installation to work.
Learn a lesson..