Installing Windows remotely

This section explains how to perform an unattended remote installation of Windows by using an RSA II adapter, Integrated Management Module (IMM), BladeCenter Management Module, or BladeCenter Advanced Management Module.

Before you begin

To perform this task you will need:
  • For Windows Server 2008 installations, ISO images are not supported. You must use a physical CD or DVD.
  • Network deployment scenarios take significantly less time than local deployments.
  • Make sure that no disc is present in the CD or DVD-ROM drive of your target server.
  • If you encounter problems, try updating the RSA II, IMM, MM, or AMM firmware to the latest level.

About this task

To deploy your installation image through RSA II, MM, or AMM, use the following steps:


  1. Open a web browser on the source system.
  2. Log in to the adapter with your user ID and password, and select a timeout value for your session. Unless you select no timeout, your remote session might time out before your deployment is complete.
  3. Click Continue to proceed to the task menu.
  4. From the task menu, select Remote Control.
  5. Click the appropriate link or button to start a remote control session. Your remote control session opens in a new window. If the new window does not open, make sure all popup blockers are disabled, and retry. If the Remote Disk and Remote Console sections do not appear in the window within a few minutes, try clicking in the window. If they still fail to load, check to make sure the Java plug-in is installed.
  6. For the MM and AMM, select the desired target blade in both the Media Tray and KVM Owner lists.
  7. Select your deployment media in the Available Resources box.
    • For a CD or DVD, select the drive containing your disc, then add it the list of resources by clicking the >> box.
    • For an image, click Select Image, click the >> box, then browse to your image file. Select the image file, and click Open.
  8. Select the deployment media again in the Selected Resources box.
  9. Select Write Protect.
  10. Click the Mount button to mount the disc or image.
  11. Reboot the target system.
  12. When the target system reboots it will load the deployment media. Use the interactive Remote Console video window to respond to any prompts. If you are performing the RAID configuration only portion of a Windows Server 2008 x64 deployment, the target server will restart automatically. When it does, wait forWindows PE to exit completely and then unmount the drive to "eject" the deployment media. Then select your media again as above and proceed with the installation.
  13. The Network Operating System Installation instructions prompt will be displayed and explain how to continue to the unattended portion of the operating system installation.
  14. Press a key to reboot the system.
  15. AfterWindows PE has exited completely and the target server is booting, unmount the drive to eject the deployment media. The target server boots from the hard disk to continue the operating system deployment. You can monitor progress through the Remote Console.