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Rod At Work
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Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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I have a PowerEdge 2850 server, which when it was originally set up (by someone else) had Windows 2003 R2 on it.  However, when they set it up, the partitioned the C: drive with so little space that it's run out of space.  We've gotten a newer server from Dell and I've turned that 2850 off.  It's been off for a month or so.

But I would like to repurpose it as a backup database server.  Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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The 2850 can run 2008 R2 just fine. You may need to look for the SCSI PERC drivers, but the rest should be easy.

One note: you won't be able to use the hyper-v role, due to the processors on the 2850 not supporting VT.

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theflash1932
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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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Yes, it runs 2008 R2 beautifully Smiley Happy  Just remember, that because the PERC does not support non-RAID, you must first configure and initialize the RAID array before attempting to install, then you will need to load the RAID driver for the PERC 4e/Di in order for 2008 R2 to see the drives.  If I remember right, you may need to use the 2008x64 video driver for proper display resolutions.

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theflash1932
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sorry dev Smiley Happy

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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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You can use the Windows 2003 x64 PERC driver. This one does work:

http://bit.ly/QlP7Cu

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Geoff P
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theflash1932
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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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Geoff ... why use the 2003x64 driver when there is a 2008R2 driver?  I have installed two dozen or more of these things using the 2008R2 driver with no problems (make sure to download the 'hard drive' version):

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/2684/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-2850?driverId=9K3D3&o...

btw ... your link is broken (again) ... sorry, you know it is nothing personal, but you might know already how much I hate those shortened links

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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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Flash,

Its the same driver for 2003 x64 as it is for 2008 R2 and 2008 x64: ftp.dell.com/.../perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe

Microsoft nor did Dell write a 2008 driver for the Perc 4.

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Geoff P
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Rod At Work
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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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theflash1932, the link you providers sends me to a folder directory on downloads.dell.com /Pages/Drivers.  Is that where you wanted to send me?

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theflash1932
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Yeah, Dell broke their support page again ... you can get to it from there, but until it comes back up, you can get it here:

downloads.dell.com/.../LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe

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theflash1932
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Re: Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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??  They aren't the same, Microsoft has 2008 drivers, and Dell has 2008R2 drivers.

2003 - driver required, supported by Dell
perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe, driver version 6.46.3.64
http://downloads.dell.com/scsi-raid/perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe

2003R2/SP2 - I believe the 6.46 driver is now native to Windows

2008 - driver native to Windows
driver version 6.50.3.64 (?)
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/windows-server-2008-early-adopters-re...

2008R2 - driver removed from Windows, supported by Dell
LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe, driver version 6.53.0.64 (no textsetup.oem, so cannot be used with 2003)
http://downloads.dell.com/scsi-raid/LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/major-peripherals-support-status/revi...

 

 

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