Windows 2003 Support on Dell Poweredge 2300 Server

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Susie, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Susie

    Susie Guest

    I am running Windows 2003 on to a Poweredge 2300 running an expandable PERC
    II controller. All up todate BIOS and Firmware levels have been applied, and
    the boot drive has been configured as an 8 gb partition. The system was
    running fine, but it recently developed what first appeared to be a physical
    hardware fault on the mirrored boot partition, Windows 2003 initially
    reported that the file system structure on the disk had become corrupt,
    followed by subsequent chkdsk errors reporting corrupt files, invalid check
    sum errors etc.
    A low level Dell Management consistancy check of the RAID configuration,
    showed there to be no actual physical damage.
    Would it be possible that the fault could be caused by us trying to run
    Windows 2003 on the machine?
    I understand from articles read that this is not a supported configuration
    by either Dell or Microsoft
    Thanx
     
    Susie, Oct 12, 2004
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  2. Do you mean that W2003 isn't supported on your PowerEdge 2300? They make
    W2003 drivers for it, so I can't think it's that.
    Note that 8GB is pretty small for a server's system partition - I like at
    least 10-12GB.

    The drive doesn't have to have any physical failures in order for the file
    system to get corrupt - did you a) make a good full backup and then b) run
    chkdsk /f ?
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 12, 2004
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  3. What would not be supported? W2K3 on a 2300? W2K3 on a mirrored boot
    partition? I'm confused...

    When I go to Dell's site, I see plenty of software downloads available for
    PowerEdge 2300s running Windows Server 2003 - there are even drivers for the
    PERC II RAID Controllers...what would be the problem?

    --
    Ryan Sokolowski
    MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, BCFP
    Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center

    "A troubleshooter's best tool is the Event Viewer and understanding the
    events and messages contained therein."

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Ryan Sokolowski [Microsoft], Oct 12, 2004
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  4. Susie

    Susie Guest

    Thanx for your prompt response

    I've found several posts on the Dell web site, which state that an
    Expandable PERC II Raid Controller isn't officially supported by Microsoft or
    Dell running under Windows 2003. However it should run OK based on reports
    from the Dell community, if the boot partition is less than 8 GB and Windows
    2000 PERC drivers are used. I'm just trying to clarify the position as to
    whether or not the controller is officially supported by Microsoft as we
    want to use this machine as a fairly high profile frontend Exchange Server.
    We did originally have a problem trying to install Windows 2003 on to the
    machine, in that the setup routine could not find / recognise the boot
    partition during it's first automatic reboot of the system. This problem was
    rectified when we reduced the capacity to less than 8 GB
     
    Susie, Oct 13, 2004
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  5. Susie

    Susie Guest

    Thanx for your prompt response

    I've found several posts on the Dell web site, which state that an
    Expandable PERC II Raid Controller isn't officially supported by Microsoft or
    Dell running under Windows 2003.

    However it should run OK based on reports from the Dell community, if the
    boot partition is less than 8 GB and Windows 2000 PERC drivers are used.

    There also appears to be an issue as to some of the earlier versions of
    Poweredge 2300, having PCI version 2.1 which isn't compliant, and later
    machines having 2.2 which is.

    I'm just trying to clarify the position as to whether or not the controller
    is officially supported by Microsoft as we want to use this machine as a
    fairly high profile frontend Exchange Server.

    We did originally have a problem trying to install Windows 2003 on to the
    machine, in that the setup routine could not find / recognise the boot
    partition during it's first automatic reboot of the system. This problem was
    rectified when we reduced the capacity to less than 8 GB

    We ran CHKDSK /R

    Thanx in advance

    Sued1
     
    Susie, Oct 13, 2004
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  6. Please don't interpret my last post as a possible endorsement as to whether
    or not Microsoft supports this configuration...I was just trying to assist
    with your question and I can't speak for Microsoft's position.

    If you're in doubt, you may just want to consider purchasing a more current
    model of RAID controller for your server.

    --
    Ryan Sokolowski
    MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, BCFP
    Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center

    "A troubleshooter's best tool is the Event Viewer and understanding the
    events and messages contained therein."

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
     
    Ryan Sokolowski [Microsoft], Oct 13, 2004
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