As easy as it may seem to Cisco UCS administrators, I’ve found that people who are new to UCS typically run into bare metal Windows Server 2008 R2 installs on to Cisco UCS C Series servers. I’m writing this blog post because I received a call yesterday from a client who purchased 4 new Cisco UCS C220 M3 servers, took a Windows Server 2008 R2 media and ran into the following issue where the RAID driver isn’t present in the media and therefore prompted the message:
Select the driver to be installed.
A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.
Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step.
What the client did was go ahead to download the 3.5GB ISO package containing the UCS drivers and try to load it at this prompt.
UCS administrators would know this is not the right approach so my first response to them was to download the Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Configuration Utility to perform the install:
The example I gave them for what this does was that it’s the same as HP SmartStart for HP servers.
I was curious as to whether they did any searches and was told they did but couldn’t find anything so I hope this post will help anyone in the future who may come across this problem. The following is an old post I wrote that demonstrates what the Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Configuration Utility process looks like:
Installing Windows on a Cisco UCS C Series server with Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility