So I finally figured out my problem with my VALinux 2240 system (or at least I think I did). It seems that there’s a bug in the BIOS in the ACPI portion that gets “tickled” by VMWare Server (both under Linux as well as under Server 2003 — except that under Server 2003 it’s pretty nasty). So, I’ve been pondering what to do with the box. Well, it’s got 2GB RAM, 1 9.1GB SCSI drive and 3 36.4GB SCSI drives, a 10/100 Intel network interface and has been a pretty nice box. So I figured — let’s install Server 2008 on it! Yeah, I know, sounds sort of sacreligious since it is a VALinux box. You’d think I should at least run Linux on it. Or at least Solaris 10 x86! But, I work for Microsoft and I like the Server 2008 platform so I figure I’ll give it a try. Maybe I can even run Server 2008 with Hyper-V on it! But I’ve decided to play it safe — I’ll just go with Server 2008 Standard. The only problem I have is that I don’t have a DVD drive for it. Bummer. Well…that’s where Windows Deployment Services comes in.

I setup Windows Deployment Services on one of my Server 2003 boxes and extracted the boot.wim and the install.wim from the Server 2008 DVD and copied it over to the Server 2003 system (it also doesn’t have a DVD drive on it — I think it’s getting close to time for a few upgrades to my systems). Anyway, it’s installing right now (I did have to hunt down an AIC-7892 driver from Adaptec in order to get the install image to see the SCSI drives) and we’ll see how things go.

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