HP MediaSmart EX470 Clean Windows Server 2003 Setup

Installing a clean Windows Server 2003 on a headless (no video out) system is not a simple task.  I would not recommend attempting this without having either a lot of experience with OS deployment or a lot of patience and desire to learn.

There are generally two ways to do this on the EX47x series: one is to hook into the network boot loader used for recovery mode and push down an image, and the other is to use a pre-configured hard drive.  With either method you must have an installation of the OS pre-configured.  The most straight forward method is to take a hard drive to another system and install Windows Server 2003, then use Sysprep to prepare for an unattended installation.

I attempted to write a guide herejust remember this is not for the faint of heart.

NOTE: All credit goes to MediaSmartGuy whom I copied and modified these instructions from (and which are tested and known to work flawlessly — Thank you!)

If you just want the driver pack I’ve put together get it here.

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