I have an old girl we are trying to get going as a test environment to train people up in. The system will install Windows Server 16 fine. When I boot the machine it will not make it to the login screen with the Smart Array P420i Controller enabled in the bios it stalls on the Windows splash screen with the rotating dots.
If I disable the controller the OS boots fine on the SATA SSD. Problem is when the Storage Controller is disabled it will not install the drivers.
Barks at me "The software will not be installed on this system because the required hardware is not present in the system or the software/firmware doesn’t apply to this system. "
Lastly, I know the controller is good, I have been running a Linux based OS off the raid for almost a year before we decided to make this change.
Is there a way to force the drivers to install without the device on? Or sideload the drivers? I just need this machine to make it into Windows Reliably with the raid enabled.