Installing Windows 2008 R2 64bit into Dell Poweredge R230

In this opportunity┬áI wanted to share some of my experience when trying to install Windows 2008 R2 64bit Enterprise into my company’s new server “Dell PowerEdge R230”. At first time, I was struggled for getting through the issue of freezing of keyboard & mouse on the first screen after DVD installation has loaded into the server. I took some hours to google and found that this freezing issue was caused by USB 3.0 driver is not loaded from my Windows 2008 R2 64bit installation DVD. Actually the solution is easy enough, because Dell has already put the solution in their knowledge base database. The following is the link : http://www.dell.com/Support/Article/us/en/19/SLN300618. This Dell’s solution provides 2 methods that we can follow to inject USB 3.0 driver into Windows 2008 R2 64bit installation DVD. I would prefer first method, because it’s quite simple to follow (there is step by step guidance to create a new injected USB 3.0 into your Windows 2008 installation DVD). Please be prepared of one blank DVD disc. After successfully getting through the freezing issue, then I was jumped to another issue which is no drive is detected. This issue is easily resolved by download harddisk driver for PERC H330. The following is the link to download the harddisk driver: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=8XFFN. After landed into the link, then you download the harddisk driver by scrolling down until you’ve found the file W2k8R2_8XFFN_6.602.35.00_A01_ZPE.exe . Run & unzip the file into some Thumbdrive and load the unzipped file when you are being asked to load harddisk driver.

By doing all that steps, I can getting through successfully my Windows 2008 R2 64bit Enterprise version on the new server Dell PowerEdge R230.