Hi OP, Apologies if this has been covered. I came on to post up on another subject. I saw this and thought I'd reply. Like you I had issues building my own server. However, this was mostly due to poor or outdated tutorials on the internet. Lucky for me I'm 'in the business' and operate an ESXi environment at home. I was able to trash servers that didn't pan out and keep trying on fresh builds. My luck came after a few days when I found this fella (link below). His tutorial was the only one that worked for me, and he had my server up and running within 3 hours. I'd pretty much given up at this point and when it came to boot time, I went downstairs to make a coffee, more or less assuming that it would fail and I would be back to square one. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived back at my desk. Give this guy a go... see how you get on...  
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