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  • Unattended install of Windows Server 2008 from Compact Flash or SDHC card

    Hi, I'm trying to create an unattended installation media with a compact flash or SDHC card attached with a SATA convertor on an HP ML110 G6. I can install from a Transcend Compact Flash but the install grabs the card as the system drive. I need this to remain an installation media not part of the boot process.

    I read that a system partition won't be created on a FAT32 partition so I formatted the Compact Flash as FAT32 - it still set it as the system partition. I set the compact flash disk and volume to read only, but then the install failed as it couldn't find or create a system partition.

    I can't install from the SanDisk SDHC 4gb card at all - it's not listed as a hard drive and if it does get found if I flatten the hard drives, i just get a flashing cursor at the top left corner then the boot process tries to look through PXE. I've tried NTFS and FAT32 as the filesystem.

    I have successfully created an unattended install with USB, but I need the install media to be inside the box and not using up a USB slot.
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Unattended install of Windows Server 2008 from Compact Flash or SDHC card

    Hi,

    may i know what are you trying to achive.

    besides you can use wds (windows deployment services)
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      Re: Unattended install of Windows Server 2008 from Compact Flash or SDHC card

      Not sure if this help but seeing as Win 7 and Server 2008 are based on the same code it may work.

      http://thelazyadmin.com/blogs/thelaz...-sd-media.aspx

      Also are you loading the correct SCSI, SATA, SAS drivers so that Windows see's the drives???

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