thanks for the reply.
I have just got a Dell 715N, which is a headless server. The only way to communicate to it initially is via the serial cable, which works fine. I have set up a TFTP/DHCP/PXE boot server on my laptop and connected the 715n to my router.
It boots just fine and I have configured 1 disk for /boot, /, /home and the other three disks are configured in a software RAID (5) for music files. The server was configured in Expert mode via the serial cable.
The only problem I have now is that the server boots off grub (hd0,0) ok, but I need to either tell the OS to communicate via serial or ssh after this. I loaded SSH via expert mode, so I hoped ssh would be active on the initial boot to continue the install process. However, all ports on the server are closed - firewalling?
Is there a way of getting the installation to continue via the serial port or ssh? I am pretty sure this is a really simple problem, but finding it is proving a mite bit tricky. So please state the obvious because it is probably something simple I have missed.
I am wading my way through documentation to try to identify the problem, but being a bit of a newbie I think I am just confusing myself!
Still I am pleased to have go this far!! Only the small step of finishing the install and I'll have a slimserver with 240Gb of RAID!! Frustrating, but I will succeed!!
I am going to write this install up after I complete it, as I hope my newbie experiences will help others not make the same mistakes as I know I have (and learned not to make them again!!).