After going through the hassle of getting the Windows Server 2003 R2 CDs burned, I figured installing R2 on the new test server was going to be a breeze. Naturally I thought wrong.
Microsoft hasn't changed the installation routine on R2 much from the
original version of Windows Server 2003. Everything went pretty
smoothly right up until the point where I tried to connect the server
to the network. Even though Windows Server 2003 R2 is a brand new
operating system it couldn't detect the Ethernet controller in my
Fortunately, a quick trip to Dell's Web site fixed that. I downloaded
the drivers, put them on a USB key, and now have them installed on the
PowerEdge. Now it's just a matter of continuing the install until the
NEXT problem shows up.