Recently in our office we began the installation of Windows 2008 x64 R2 on a new HP DL380 G7 server.  As HP recommends, we attempted to use the HP SmartStart DVD (8.40) to configure the RAID array for the hard drives in the server and install Windows Server 2008 x64 R2.  We were not able to instal the OS using the supplied DVDs, nor do does downloading the software directly from HP help.  Upon contacting HP, I was informed that there is a known issue using the HP SmartStart DVD media while and installing Windows Serever 2008 x64 R2 (doesn’t work).  And unfortunately, there isn’t a resolution date or timeframe that is available.  Installing the OS the old fashioned way seems to work just fine though.

Just a head’s up, if you still want to use the HP utilities found on the DVD, you’ll have to install them after the OS has been installed and patched normally.

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