Creating a Bart PE boot CD für Dell Poweredge 2950 Servers with Perc 5/i controller

When I tried to create a boot-CD-ROM (for disaster recovery) with Bart PE for the latest Poweredge 2950 servers from Dell I found that it did not recognize the Perc 5/i RAID controller as well as the network card. After some hours of work I found this solution.

  • Download and install the latest BartPE version (I used V 3110a)
  • Inject the network card drivers into the BartPE environment
    • Download driver for Broadcomm NetXtreme II Family from the DELL website
    • Unzip the driver files and copy only the folder “/broadcom/ris_drivers” folder to the “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\Net folder” (so the two files are stored in “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\Net\RIS_Drivers”)
    • In this folder rename “b06nd.inf” into “b06nd51x.inf” (yes, the .inf file must have the same name as the .sys file in order for BartPE to work)
  • Inject the driver for the Perc 5/I Raid controller
    • Download the driver file “R120960.EXE” from the DELL website
    • Unpack the file and copy the folder “\DELL\drivers\R120960” into your BartPE installation at “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\SCSIAdapter”, so the 11 files are stored in the folder “C:\pebuilder3110a\drivers\SCSIAdapter\R120960”
  • Run PE Builder (Note: for the Windows files I used disk 1 of Windows 2003 Server R2)
  • Burn the ISO file to a CD and walk to your server to test it

That’s it. I finally added the Acronis TrueImage plugin and now I can do a bare-metal recovery for our 2950 servers from a diskimage created by Trueimage…


22 Responses to “Creating a Bart PE boot CD für Dell Poweredge 2950 Servers with Perc 5/i controller”

  1. Jeff Green Says:


    I came across your weblog by using google because I’m
    having problems building a BartPE CD for a DELL 2950.

    I’ve followed your hints but I’m still having problems
    with loading the driver for the PERC5 – I get a message
    saying “percsas.sys not found” when booting with BartPE.
    Checking the CD shows them to be present though.
    Do you have any suggestions ?

    Many Thanks,

  2. Dirk Says:

    Hi Jeff,

    this is the list of files that I have in my disk driver folder:

    Verzeichnis von C:\pebuilder3110a\drivers\SCSIAdapter\Perc 5i DELL Server R120960

    21.09.2006 14:49 .
    21.09.2006 14:49 ..
    24.02.2006 16:03 4.967 120166.txt
    15.03.2006 01:50 454 DriverLanguageMap.xml
    17.02.2006 13:42 330.752 megasas.pdb
    17.02.2006 13:42 17.280 megasas.sys
    17.02.2006 13:42 1.285 nodev.inf
    17.02.2006 13:42 7.530 oemsetup.inf
    15.03.2006 01:35 9.064
    17.02.2006 13:42 289.792 percsas.pdb
    17.02.2006 13:42 18.432 percsas.sys
    08.09.2005 15:30 4.435 txtsetup.oem
    27.03.2006 16:42 684 Version.txt
    11 Datei(en) 684.675 Bytes

  3. Chee Says:

    Hi Dirk,

    You are awesome! It’s good to have someone like save our lives!!! Thanks so much for the information and I am able to using BartPE with Ghost on my new DELL 2950.

    Thanks again.

    Chee, Canada

  4. bruno Says:

    I was not able to get the NIC to work. I get failure to load the n/l.

  5. Ben Says:

    I followed your instructions but am still getting “The file percsas.sys could not be found.” The pile of bad CD-Rs is overflowing in my trash can at this point.

  6. Dyus Says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I got the message “percsas.sys not found” too when using windows XP as source for my Bart PE build. After changing the source to a copy of Server 2003 it worked fine for me.

  7. Dirk Says:

    I also used Win2k3 Server R2 to build my images which worked fine.

  8. Jason Says:

    Hey Dirk, I looked everywhere for this solution! Thanks so much… I had the same issue with a DELL PE 1950.
    I am curious as to what you meant by the Acronis plugin?

  9. ulrick59 Says:


    thanks for this topic


  10. Pete Says:

    Thank you for sharing this….


  11. paul Says:

    I have started with clean bart PE with only these two drivers. I have build PartPE with win 2003. During the boot I get Win XP and the drivers do not work . is that normal? what am I doing wrong?


  12. StamfordRob Says:

    Lifesaver… This worked like a charm.

    Aces ! ! !

  13. Barry Says:

    diskpart doesn’t work when using the the w2k3 i386 folder to create the iso. does anyone have this resolved???

  14. JonG Says:

    OMG thanks, been working on it all day and now it works great!

  15. Luke >> BOFH Says:

    Thanks man, you made my day. new server up and running in no time!

  16. Photo Tricks Says:

    Awesome, everytime I do a complete restore of backups, my Windows 2000 advanced server will not start up (Poweredge 2900) as I have to go and edit the boot.ini file to point to my right partition. In the past I ahve always had 2 partions so i could install another copy of win2kas (on partition 2) so I could edit this boot.ini (what a pain in the arse).

    Now I should be able to edit that boot.ini with a live CD that will read my SAS (serial attached SCSI) hard drives and save me an hour or more!


  17. Ivan Says:

    I tried to use the Perc 5/I Raid driver for my Dell PE 2950III, but when I start the windows 2000 installer I press F6 I found the driver and the windows start to copy the files but next it says that windows cannot find any hard disk.

    I have 2 hard disk of 1 tera each one, they are in mirror 1

    anyone have the same problem?

  18. Jeff Says:

    Worked great for our PowerEdge 2900 PERC 5/i…. thanks. Saved a rebuild.

  19. Joey Says:

    I am not able to get the network started. any idea? It says cannot install network adapters.

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