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July 11, 2006


Jim Kiley

Great Tip, thank you Steve!

We got our new PowerEdge servers last week and have been waiting for Microsoft to send me the SBS2003R2 in the latest Action pack release. It finally came today

Ripped open the box, ran into the server room and "Uh, Oh!". Cannot find the hard drive. These Dell 2950's come with a Server Installation Disk and allows you to preload Windows Server 2000 or 2003, but not SBS 2003. How crappy is that?

No drivers, no floppy, no patience. Thankfully, I found your site. nLite is awesome. I didn't have to pre-copy the files to a directory, it did it for me. Only difference with mine is that my copy of SBS2003 came on DVD. Had to create CD1 from a directory on the DVD. I also had to edit the txtsetup.sif file in the I386 folder and change the 'SetupSourcePath' to show the root directory \ instead of the DVD default of \cd1\

Otherwise, the OS loaded fine

Again, thanks a bunch


Ok been trying to load SBS 2003 R2 onto a new server using a USB Floppy without success. I came across your posting and as I read it I thought to myself “This guy is trying to sell this nlite product” and doubted that it could/would work as stated in your post.

I could have not been more wrong, this worked perfectly!


Made my life easier..thanks

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  • Steve Friedl is a software and network security consultant in Southern California. He has been a C and UNIX developer since 1981 and has an exceptionally broad background in this area. Some areas of expertise include:

    • C and C++ systems software development on the UNIX and Win32 platforms
    • Communications, including serial and TCP/IP based controllers
    • Enterprise internet security administration and configuration
    • Penetration tests, audits, and network reviews
    • Security forensics, reverse engineering, and tools development
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    • The Windows Printing System
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