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IBM Netfinity 5600 8664 81Y Server

I just got this server with no software. I have W2K server to load but I am missing IBM start up disk needed to to configure drives etc before loading W2K server. I have looked all over the web & IBM site , called them but they want $200US/hr 2 hr min. which is just ridiculous. Of course they want the serial of server & where it is now but won't help you by pointing you in right direction. Got any ideas? Thanks:)

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The disk that comes with the machine is called the NOS in the manual. It is also known as ServerGuide 6.0.3 which will config your Netfinity up to Win2000 Server. I used ServerGuide 7.3.06 to install Windows 2003 Server. The latest version (IBM ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD v7.4.17) is on the support IBM web site:

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Boot the server with a WIN98SE/ME boot disk to get started.

Go to IBM's support web site and down load the bios flash if you think you need it. Once WIN98 sets up the ramdisk in memory you can flash the bios if needed. All I did to start mine was use the boot disk to get to the cd drive and W2K server did the rest.


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