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How to Install an Operating System on Dell PowerEdge Servers


Operating System Installation

The Lifecycle Controller (LCC) provides a simple way of installing a supported Operating System onto your PowerEdge server including drivers you would need.
Note: The LCC is available for 11th generation PowerEdge servers and later. Need help identifying Which Generation your server belongs to?

When accessing the LifeCycle Controller for the first time, a wizard will be displayed to assist the initial configuration. The steps are detailled in the following manual : Setting Up Your Dell PowerEdge Server Using Dell Lifecycle Controller


The installation steps have been made as easy as possible:
  1. Press F10 during boot to enter the Lifecycle Controller (LCC)
  2. Select OS Deployment in the left hand menu
  3. Click Deploy OS
  4. Select Configure RAID First or Go Directly to OS Deployment depending on if you have a RAID set up already or not
  5. If apliccable, follow the wizard to set up the RAID disk as you want
  6. Select Manual or Unattended / Automatic install as needed
  7. Insert the OS installation media (Disk, USB or via Network)
  8. Follow the OS installation wizard (If Manual install has been selected)

Note: Installing Windows server prior to Server 2012 on Dells newest 13th Generation systems will require extra steps due to USB 3.0 compatibility.

Here a collection of useful how-to videos:
Note: It is sometimes necessary to update the lifecycle controller to ensure the most relevant Firmware and Drivers are available for your system.

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Article ID: SLN129177

Last Date Modified: 12/02/2016 03:51 AM


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