I need to install Microsoft Windows 2003 (not Cisco's version) on a MCS-7835-I3-CCX1. This is for Cisco Quality Manager 2.73.
We've installed Cisco OS 2003.1 on similar servers without a problem. But the generic Microsoft install is failing. I insert the CD, it boots from CD fine, installs fine (recognizes the hard disks). But then Windows Setup tries to reboot, and it doesn't find the OS on the hard drive. It wants a boot CD or floppy there.
If the Windows CD is still in the drive, it wants to boot from that and restart setup from scratch. If I remove the Windows CD, it fails to boot (ends up a tthe flashing picture of a floppy drive).
Sounds like I might have a RAID or BIOS issue? But it's odd that the Windows Setup CD recognizes it, but the regular boot won't.
Welcome to IBM hardware.
The MCS-7835-I3 is based off of the following IBM hardware:
You will need to go to IBM's website and download the appropriate driver to install during Windows setup. I believe the option is F6 during the first-stage of the install. You may need to do some IBM documentation reading as well. BIOS updates don't hurt but this is likely a RAID controller issue.