Introduction, Unified server configurator (usc) deployment – Dell POWEREDGE R710 User Manual

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PowerEdge Deployment Guide

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The purpose of this document is to provide tips on deploying Microsoft® operating systems to Dell PowerEdge
servers. This document will not cover how to setup a deployment infrastructure, but rather the modifications
needed to allow an existing deployment setup to work with the 11


Generation PowerEdge servers.

Many deployment related items changed with the introduction of the Broadcom NetXtreme II (5708 based)
network adapters which were deployed on the 9


and 10


Generation PowerEdge servers. These changes were

needed in order for the network adapters to support iSCSI and TOE. The 11


Generation PowerEdge servers

include 5709-based LOMs (LAN-on-motherboard). This document will briefly cover some of the more commonly
noticed changes. For a comprehensive discussion, see Best Practices for Installation of Microsoft Windows on Dell
Servers with Broadcom NetXtreme Devices on

. This document will also cover advanced

procedures such as setting a static IP.

NOTE: Dell recommends installing the latest software updates and security patches for your operating system.
Failing to do so can result in things such as an unstable server or data loss.

Drive Lettering Warning: Since the 11


Generation PowerEdge servers contain an embedded storage device,

Microsoft Windows 2003 may see this device as a hard drive. Older versions of the Microsoft operating systems
are not supported on these servers. This can cause drive lettering issues. For example, the embedded device may
get assigned the drive letter C: and the actual hard drive will be assigned drive letter F:. If the hard drive does not
contain a partition when the operating system installation is started, the hard drive will be assigned drive letter F:.
If you observe this issue, follow the steps below to assign the drive letter C: to the hard drive partition:


Create the partition on the hard disk as you normally would in the partition selection part of text-mode

setup. You will notice that the drive letter assigned is not C:.


Delete the partition that you just created.


Create the partition again. It should now have drive letter “C” assigned to it.


Select the new partition and press <Enter> to install the operating system on the partition.

NOTE: Drive letter changes can only be made during installation.

For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 896536 on


NOTE: This same behavior may also be observed if devices such as flash drives or USB drives are attached during
operating system deployment.

Unified Server Configurator (USC) Deployment

The Lifecycle Controller is an embedded system management tool that allows system and storage configuration.

The controller is delivered as a part of iDRAC Express in the 11


Generation PowerEdge servers. The controller

includes 1 GB of managed and persistent storage that embeds systems management features in addition to the

iDRAC features. The Unified Server Configurator is the user interface for local access to the Lifecycle Controller

features prior to operating system installation. USC allows you to configure your operating system, RAID, and to

download drivers and firmware updates. Press the <F10> key within 10 seconds of the Dell logo being displayed

during the system boot process. See the Unified Server Configurator documentation on

for complete information.