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Pinned topic Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

‏2012-12-03T08:34:12Z |
It seems this is a building problem, unable to install Windows Server 2012 using ServerGuide 9.23.

"Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file"

My situation is a brand new x3650M4 server I'm setting up for a customer (I have several to do this month) with the IBM ROK Windows Server 2012 software. I've managed to find the following link suggesting OEM copies of Windows Server 2012 are not supported;
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IC88149

So it seems this also applies to IBM OEM copies! Thank you IBM...

So ServerGuide 9.23 only supports Server 2012, but it doesn't support Server 2012 OEM... You wouldn't think it should be this hard...

Anyway, does anyone know when 9.24 will be released, and if it will support Server 2012 OEM?

Also there doesn't appear to be an UpdateExpress System Pack for Server 2012 yet either, the version listed when you select Server 2012 for the x3650M4 is v3.00 for Server 2008?

Thanks for anyone who can help or offer some insight.
Updated on 2012-12-19T02:54:32Z at 2012-12-19T02:54:32Z by SystemAdmin
  • SystemAdmin
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-03T09:20:58Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    The good news is Server 2012 does install successfully without ServerGuide and with no unrecognized devices in Device Manager.

    Which is a good thing, as it appears there is no UpdateExpress System Pack available either, the one listed when you select Server 2012 as the OS is for Server 2008 and dated September 2012.
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-04T14:47:13Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Just got the same result using the OEM disk.

    Usual IBM nonsense...
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-09T09:40:00Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Same her I am attempting to install Windows Server Standard 2012, on X3300 M4 7382, having similar problems; any one reported this to IBM?
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-09T09:46:45Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    I tried to.

    Tried calling IBM support - not interested / couldn't help.
    Tried emailing Ask IBM - they put me onto the PartnerWorld team - all they could do was refer me back to my distributor.
    Like WTF is my distributor going to be able to do!
    Gave up...
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-14T13:13:51Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Hi All,
    This is a known issue with SG 9.23. This has been fixe in SG 9.30 which will be posted today on the IBM website.

    Here is a link to the SG 9.30 download link : http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?brand=5000008&lndocid=SERV-GUIDE

    -Aaron
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-18T13:47:49Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Well I've downloaded this and will test it in the next couple of days. Bit worried about this though;

    Note: Burning the ISO image to a DVD is not supported. The ISO image must be burned to a CD to work correctly.

    The image for this version of ServerGuide is too big for a CD....

    Also attempted to test IBM Director tonight. Disappointed to see it's not supported on Windows Server 2012 either, so I have to instal the server component on a WXP machine as W7 also is not supported (no I'm not going to build a Vista machine to install it on...or Server 2000/2003/2008).

    I really get the impression IBM really isn't very interested in their xSeries servers anymore.
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    Re: Another ServerGuide 9.23 Windows 2012 FAIL

    ‏2012-12-19T02:54:32Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Shock horror, it worked! So the comment about the CD requirement is wrong. Would be nice to have a formatted Read Me file though... ;)

    One little bug, if you use it to create your RAID array without going into the Advanced settings and also creating a volume you get an error. Using the Simple option doesn't create a volume and generates an error that the volume is not big enough to install Windows.

    Also interesting it disables the IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device by default.

    Other than this and some driver folders on the C:\ drive there doesn't appear to be much difference on the surface, ie no IBM applications installed, so being that I'm now out of time to do any testing for these server builds I think I'll stick to the non ServerGuide install.

    Good to see we now have the option though.