I have 3 machines:
Dell 530m Laptop with DVD-RW (6 USB)
HP dc7600 USDT without CD-Drive (1 SATA channel only - used by HDD) (4 USBs + 1 Gigabit ethernet)
Advent T9509 with CD Drive (6 SATA, 1 IDE, 6 USB, 1 Gigabit Ethernet)
On my Dell i have XP Professional, on my Advent i have Windows Vista. What i want to do is install Server 2003 onto my HP DC7600 (and use it as a media/storage server) but i have the following issues:
- No CD Drive so CD installation is out of the question.
- Installation from USB HDD does not work - Boots in DOS fine, runs setup but freezes.
- Can't get my head around PXE booting.
- Do not possess a USB CD-Drive
So i throw it open to you. How should i go about installing Server 2003 onto my HP? I've tried to get my head around PXE booting but it goes right over my head.
I've tried installing taking out the SATA HDD from the DC7600 and installing Server 2003 using another machine but when i put the drive back into the DC7600 i get a 7B STOP code.
Is there a way i can use another machine to install 2003 to the HDD and then replace the drivers for those of the DC7600 whilst the machine is in a different machine without getting a 7B error on the installation machine?
Is there a muppets guide of setting up a PXE boot? I know my way around Server 2003 so i know how to use the OS (for the most part)
I know that you can use RIS in Server 2003 but i don't have any .img files for Server 2003. The installation media i am using is an evaluation copy from Microsoft.