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  1. Hi all Planning to setup a (well, two really) super beast(s) of a MS SQL server. We have a pretty beefing Dell PowerEdge R710 that was running as part of a VMware ESXi/vSphere cluster, but now due to it being replaced with R810's, is free for this purpose. It uses SAS hotswap drives - up to 6 - and can do all the usual RAID levels. We really want to go for SSD's but, despite my googling at least, I'm not turning up much info about what would be the best setup to use. As far as native SSD's with SAS interfaces on them, there seems to be virtually no options. Have only really found: http://www.span.com/index.php?cPath=73_490_1475 but is pretty high in the pocket department (expected to some degree i know). I'm informed that Seagate are bringing out a SAS type of SSD next month but dont have the details to hand on that. Was wondering whether anyone out there has set up a SQL server with RAIDed [say a RAID 5 or 10) using SSD's or anything similar to what we are planning that might be able to suggest anything? Was also wondering if there was a way to use the existing caddy's we have, and somehow put a normal SATA SSD with some sort of adapter etc. [Excuse the lack of technical specifics here - i'm just thinking out loud while in a meeting about something else ] Cheers
  2. Hmmm.... Even though the motherboard supports flash drive booting, it doesnt mean that XP Setup will automatically see it though. I have seen it appear as another drive [when you come to repartitioning section of setup for example] on some systems, and on some I havent - where all of these systems support USB flash drive booting. It may sound silly but try placing the files at the root of the USB flash drive, plug the drive into one of the usb slots that are at the back of the motherboard and nearest to the PS2 connections [dont ask me why, but its woth a shot] and then turn on the computer and see if thats any better. Also, flashing your BIOS to the latest version may help the USB flash drive support. Of course, one of the best ways would be to slipstream drivers into your XP CD instead as mentioned in the above posts Regards Nath.
  3. Indeed [and I like your Avatar Mordac ]... Nath.
  4. @Jakebo - care to show me where it says you can do then? This is why I said what I said - the short answer is no. *IF* you had a Volume License Agreement and a Volume license of Vista then yes, you can use the previous version.... however, as the OP states that he/she bought the Dell PC with Vista on it, that is a OEM license and as such, does not give you any "previous version" rights.... But I'll take it all back if you can show me where I'm wrong. @ TheFlash428: No problem. It does seem strange they dont give the option but i guess they may not be able to with any new line product - but I cant say what the license agreement of a Royalty OEM is, as I'm not one naturally hehe Like I said and Jakebo said, your best bet is purchasing a OEM of Windows XP - although you will generally need to buy a mouse or something to go with it, as they are meant to be sold only with hardware. At least then you'll still have your Vista license ready for when your ready to take the plunge within the company. Depending on how many computers, servers, and MS software you have in the company, you might want to look at Volume licensing, as there are quite a few options to consider Regards Nath
  5. The short answer is no, it wouldnt be legal I'm afraid. If its a OEM license [i.e. it came with the laptop - you have the Vista COA stuck to the bottom of the laptop for example] then its for that OS, and that OS alone. If the laptop came with XP, and you purchased an upgrade to Vista [or got it via the Express Upgrade scheme] then I dont see why you couldn't install the laptop with a fresh copy of the XP that came with the laptop, but if not, then no, you cant install a copy from another machine. The OEM license is for that machine and that machine only alas. Regards Nath.
  6. Thanks Iceman.... but he's already tried the Repair option.. And yep, I've mentioned the problem of not having the Windows ME media But yes, the best way is a clean install indeed. Nath.
  7. Hi again. Havent got the time at the moment to answer you fully on this one - about to go and finish building a Core 2 Duo beast of a computer for a graphic designer / friend of mine - but I will say that like I said, because of the radically different hardware, chipse & CPU, I highly doubt its possible to achieve option 3. Option 2 is feasible [i've never - that I remember - actually upgraded a OS to XP, so I'm not sure whether exactly how it works]. If the XP Upgrade CD boots, then it should be the best bet, although you will need some 3rd party program to repartition further and squeeze / move things around to free up enough space. Option 1 may work, but will likely cause you problems down the way and further. Another option is to get hold of the Windows ME media - providing the machine in question has a COA attached to the chassis or with the manuals / CDs - and then you could install Windows ME cleanly, and then perform the upgrade I'll be back later. Regards Nath.
  8. Surprised no one has mentioned it [unless my eyes are failing me] but as you mentioned you have an up-to-date AV product, remember to use [a few] different repuatable Anti-Spyware products also just in case i.e. Windows Defender, Spybot - S & D, SpywareBlaster, and Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition. As they are all free, its worth a try It only take one small bit of spyware to cling on to 100% cpu usage and slug-mode will take place hehe Failing any spyware problems, it could be a multitude of H/W problems that you may or may not be able to find out without wiping your HDD [use the tool's from the manufacturer of the HDD first] and installing XP freshly If you still have problems, then its most likely to be faulty hardware. Regards Nath.
  9. Hello fellow welsh person and welcome to MSFN. Am I right in thinking that he bought a XP Upgrade CD pack, instead of a OEM CD pack? In either case, while upgrading from ME to XP may have worked, when changing the motherboard, I've noticed from the specs of either motherboard that the chipset [as you would expect] vary significantly, and this will ultimately be the reason XP has stopped booting up. An in-place repair of windows [which is what was suggested by the colleague of his] *can* work sometimes, but more often then not - especially in this set of vastly different changes - it was doomed to fail I think I would say that his best is to take the HDD out and either put it in a external USB caddy, or mount it as a slave drive in a working pc, so that he can get all the stuff off it he wants, as unless you are all prepared to put alot of work into it [which still may not work at the end of it], it will likely never boot again until he wipes it clean and starts with a fresh install of XP. If you want a chat on messenger, just send me a message [although make it later as currently I have no messenger access at work] Regards Nath.
  10. My suggestion is that if you are on a domain, the admin need to setup a WSUS server [effectively a local Microsoft Update server] on a member server which means you can leave Auto Updates On, and they can pick and choose which updates to allow installation of, and which not to. Its very easy to setup Cheers Nath.
  11. With the possible exception of .net 3.0, I would expect them to be built into Vista i.e. so you wont need to install them in Vista. I've never seen them as a option when using Windows Update in Vista so at this time I'd say that they are either included, or the install packages aren't released for Vista yet. Nath.
  12. Just to clear this up for everyone.... The topic starter is refering to a commercial version of xpcreate that GM no longer [that I am aware of] sells, in order to use it in a commercial sense. This, of course, doesnt mean that the commercial user [in this case, the topic starter's PC shop] of XPC can distribute the created CD [to a customer] - of course not, as that would be a breach of both the XP EULA & the MS SB OEM EULA, but so long as all it does is slipstream and "add functionality" that doesnt remove components or hack the installation, that is perfectly legal. The topic starter would have to "sysprep" the machine also to comply with the System Builder's EULA too - that the machine is provided to the customer "sealed". So, in short, yes - i cant see a problem in using a slipstreaming program to add legitimate hotfixes, Service Packs, and other updates - along with drivers also - into a install of XP, so long as you dont remove components or alter or use modified MS files in the process,and that you dont distribute the resulting CD. Only original hologramed media & COA fitted to the computer can be distributed along with this installed system. Hope that makes sense. Nath.
  13. No, what the other people that have replied to the topic are saying is that you install the first CD unatendedly - all that CD contains, is Server 2003 SP1. You can then use the folder/files from the 2nd CD to create a atuomated install that will run AFTER the first setup has taken place - such as in the GUIRunOnce for example. Manually trying to combine the two cd's [i'm guessing this is what you are trying to do from what you have posted] is unlikely to work - at least, I dont know anyone who has done it successfully, if it is even possible. If you didn't understand the commands you listed in the following post you made [ http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?act=ST...70&t=86777# ] then you are unlikely to suceed in trying to manually combine the two together that may or may not work. Read up on the unattended stuff on the third link at the top of the page [underneath Microsoft Sotware Forum Network] will help you understand those commands. Sorry if i sound nasty - is isn't meant to sound that way. Oh, and please dont bump your thread after two hours of waiting. You'll likely annoy people which will result in them not helping you hehe Cheers Nath
  14. Its got to be the classic's - C&C mainly - on the PC for me I think. I can't think of any other game [except possibly Final Fantasy Online] that comes close to the sheer amount of hours my friend & I have played that game for. Nath.
  15. As i just implied from my edit, it did work initially, but for some reason, vista setup just ignored it after a while lol Nothing to do with the answer file i dont think, as the same answer file worked fine on a floppy. Nath.
  16. To those that were [a while back] having problems with choosing the letter in the InstallFrom section of the answer file.... I found the easiest way is to remove it i.e.... change the code from: <ImageInstall> <OSImage> <InstallFrom> <Path>x:\source\install.wim</Path> </InstallFrom> <InstallTo> <DiskID>0</DiskID> <PartitionID>1</PartitionID> </InstallTo> </OSImage> </ImageInstall> to: <ImageInstall> <OSImage> <InstallTo> <DiskID>0</DiskID> <PartitionID>1</PartitionID> </InstallTo> </OSImage> </ImageInstall> Sometimes the simplest way is the best way You should only need to specify the source if it is in a different location to the original layout of the DVD ISO I believe. I have it working using the answer file on a USB flash pen [although I imagine you may not be able to in all cases - to try it, ensure you have the USB pen plugged in when turning the PC on / booting], and just using the original DVD ISO from Connect - note I am using RC2 with this. EDIT: Well, it seemed to work the first time hehe but you can definately use the answer file on a floppy disk inserted before booting the DVD. You can also put the answer file on a floppy disc also, like with a XP UA CD. Regards. Nath.
  17. Bah... I left out that comment *doh!*
  18. No, it will not. Providing you have System Restore enabled when you installed v10, you should be able to uninstall version 10 from Add/Remove Programs and you will have the old version back again. You should try playing with version 10 some more though, as u may be able to configure it to look like the old[er] version. There is quite a bit of difference between 8, 9, and 10. Plus, remember, version 11 is on its way [i may have a install for ver 9 at home btw if u really need it] Cheers Nath
  19. if you cant get any joy with andrewpayne's suggestion, then post back on here and we'll have another think I've an idea but no time to post it at the moment [feel free to grab me on MSN tho]. Looks like a neato tool though - nice find andrew. Nath
  20. if u can get into xp with the sata drive connected, you could try to install it again onto the sata drive from there... also, try RC1 as its much better and performance is improved too [plus its likely that it has more drivers in it too ] To boot the vista DVD and allow it to see the SATA drive, you'll need to look up your motherboard on the motherboard manufacturers website to see whether they have any beta vista SATA drivers available, and put them onto a floppy disk [or USB flash dive perhaps] and then when you get to the selecting the partition in the vista install, you can install the drivers and see the SATA drive Regards and let us know how you get on. Nath.
  21. Don't forget about all the private build beta testers ;) Nath.
  22. nice work jcarle... possibly a odd request, but any chance of being able to split the hotfix list by type i.e. type I and type II installers It would help so much with a little project of mine, as at the moment, I have to check each one myself.... I think that the pause/resume idea would be a handy feature. I'd like to suggest a bandwidth throttle option - which could be handy if u need to do other stuff while the downloading is taking place. Cheers Nath.
  23. if none of them have admin rights, then follow the advice of yianniv's post to do what you are after. Regards Nath
  24. Just couldn't help it: ...and it usually isn't fixed at all I never use it on any machine - in any OS... most machines always seem to have issues with standby / suspend [tho hibernate is usually ok]. Just don't have everything running on startup and keep it "clean" is my motto hehe Cheers Nath
  25. RogueSpear on MSFN has started a forum for all your needs regarding it [and obtaining it o' course lol] http://www.doitrightconsulting.net/forum/ I'll be making a guide for him/everyone as soon as i can get around to it Enjoy Nath.

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