I have an old PE2950 I'd like to put Window Server 2012 on. When I enter in my service tag (xxxxxxx<Service tag removed>) I don't see an option to download drivers for PERC 5/i.
Can someone link me to the proper drivers?
When you say "it prompts me to browse file explorer for drivers", what exactly is the message you are getting? As Geoff said, the drivers should be native to 2012 as well. Depending on the message you are receiving, you may have bad media (download, burn, etc.).
Did you Initialize the RAID array when you configured it?
BTW ... you should always update the ESM/BMC with the BIOS.
According to this link, Server 2012 natively supports the Perc 5/i controller:
There isn't a separate download for the driver. If you continue to have trouble, you may try the Server 2008 x64 driver, found here: http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER89865M/6/DELL_MULTI-DEVICE_A03_R210510.exe Download and extract to a USB key and point here at the F6 prompt to load third party drivers.
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Just a small correction ... there is no "F6" prompt in Servers 2008/2012. Click the Load Drivers link. Also remember that the PERC does NOT support non-RAID, so if you don't first configure RAID in the CTRL-R utility, no drives will be seen even with the right drivers. If you have configured/initialized RAID and 2012 still does not see the drives, then you probably have out-of-date firmware, which is why the 2008x64 drivers suggested by Geoff may work. I would make sure that all system firmware is up to date first.
I have a similar problem. Dell PowerEdge 2950 with PERC 5/i (SAS) configured with RAID 5 (4 disks). I have the latest firmware that I could find for the PERC 5/i (version v.5.2.2-0072, A09). I also updated the BIOS to version 2.7.0. The local disks are not detected at the Windows Server 2012 start up screen, it prompts me to browse file explorer for drivers. I also tried to load the Windows Server 2008 x64 drivers for PERC 5/i, but Server 2012 wouldn't accept them.
I tested with a Windows Server 2008 R2 install disk to see if the drives would show up and they did. So, I can install Server 2008 R2, but not Server 2012.
I guess it doesn't help that the latest firmware for the PERC 5/i card came out way back in 2008.
I was getting the Windows setup window with 'Select the driver to install.' A 'Load driver' window pops up over it and says 'A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB or Hard Disk driver. If you have a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive with the driver on it, please insert it now"
Anyway, thanks a lot for the help, the problem is fixed. It turns out that I was using bad installation media. The .iso file that was used to burn the DVD was corrupted. After I got a good copy of the install disk, the PE2950 local disks were detected with no problems.
I lost 2 weeks of search and not found any solution for this problem. For last, i made clean installation of win2008 r2, and a Windows 2012R2 upgrade.
After this, only delete the c:\windows.old folder.
All works perfectly without errors...don´t lose your time...do this!
Hugs from Brazil!
Nine times out of ten (or more) that "CD/DVD driver" message will mean bad media. Upgrading to 2008R2 then to 2012R2 as a workaround is ridiculously unnecessary.
TheFlash1932, what is unnecessary is searching around the Internet for a ISO that works, or try many other tutorials that not works, or waste time burning medias and waiting for slow boot and machine preparation.I suggested a quick way to solve the problem and have your work done in a simple way without complications! Rather than criticize, suggest a valid ISO at this forum in which solve the problem at all. Do not you think?
A valid ISO? Who said the ISO isn't valid? It just got corrupted during the download or during the burning process or the physical media was damaged. I would MUCH rather have a "clean" install of an OS than an upgraded one if it can be helped. I'd rather do things as they were intended rather than using workarounds when possible. Preserving settings, programs, etc. is the primary reason for upgrading. Upgrading because you don't want to download the ISO again isn't good practice in my book. You may have a different book, with different requirements and different standards, so it that works for you then do it. I just don't feel your workaround saves any time or headache and should be considered a last resort if the corrupt media issue can't be resolved (slow internet connection, bad media/drive, etc.). Installing from ISO is also a preferred method to DVD.
Also, why would you "search around the Internet for an ISO that works"?! There is only one place you should be getting ISO's online, and that is from Microsoft (Eval, MSDN, VL, etc.). Getting them from anywhere else is just asking for trouble. Without knowing what kind of access to other types of Microsoft media you might have, this is the only one I can provide:
Flash, i appreciate your questions, but i have tested with a EVAL, MSDN, Volume versions, and none of this versions works burning via Imgburn, Windows native burning, nero, etc...I really know did you want to explain...but, how i said before, the only way that i can install windows 2012 is pre-installing the WIndows 2008 and use a ISO that i download (the same that i tested/burned early) directly from S.O. mounting.
It works fine to me...
I'm sorry you have issues with this - I truly am - I have dozens of 2950's running 2012 R2 - all were installed from scratch using USB flash drives, DVD's, and some with WDS. You problem is not standard or common and most people would be better served be getting a good ISO, but if that is all that worked for you, go for it. (Side note ... if you have something other than a 2950, the fix MAY be different.)