I installed a Server 2008 web server a few weeks ago, but ran into several issues, primarially dealing with the 3ware RAID card.
No matter what I would do, rebuilding the array would fail. I even bought a new drive on the theory that one of the drives was bad.
Then I had a thought… what if the card needed new firmware? I downloaded new firmware, and loaded them onto floppies… Yes, the dreaded floppy. I booted up in MS-DOS mode and tried to flash, but got the dreaded Cannot Read File: Abort, Retry, Ignore.
So I went back into Server to write the files back to floppy… and I copied them to all 4 floppy disks that I had. After running the upgrade batch file, which took several minutes, the 3ware Escalade 8006 card was upgraded to the latest firmware.
After this, I still had to add the “bad” drive via the card’s BIOS, but then I didn’t have any problems. It took many hours for the array to rebuild, but I saw this morning that the array’s status was “OK” rather than “degraded”.
FINALLY! Server 2008 is finally ready for production, and I’m gonna start throwing sites on it.