New Lifecycle Controller 18.104.22.168 was released Oct 12, the same day as Windows Server 2016 general availability, but it doesn't appear to support Server 2016. (I expected to see Windows Server 2016 included in the options for OS deployment, but it's not there.)
Is an update coming soon? Thanks!
Is an update coming soon?
We do not announce expected release dates or a list of upcoming changes for drivers or firmware.
Server 2016 support is expected to align with the retail release of the operating system. Server 2016 evaluation is not a supported operating system. It is not meant to be run on production systems. It is an evaluation operating system. When server 2016 becomes available for purchase you should see driver availability. Some applications and firmware will not have 2016 support at release. It will likely be added in their first update after it is released.
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The general availability date was Oct 12 and I downloaded the production release through my SPLA account (service provider licensing). It's not an evaluation copy or preview.
If I install the OS without waiting for Lifecycle Controller support, will I be missing any important features? (I previously installed the technical preview without using it, and it worked fine as far as I can tell.)
Server 2016 IS available now, but OEM's will not generally support it from day one. They typically test and validate the final RTM bits and tweak any drivers and documentation that is necessary before validating and supporting the new OS.
No, you will not be missing any functionality installing directly from OS media. The other tools are only that - tools, utilities to simplify the process.
After I updated the OS driver pack, Windows Server 2016 showed up as an option but the OS deployment process failed to detect my USB install media so I had to install directly from USB without lifecycle assistance anyway. At least USB UEFI boot is finally working using the 2016 media with an NTFS partition.
This happens to me a lot with USB media. It would be nice if I could ignore media checks during OS deployment using the lifecycle controller.
The last post on this topic was back in Oct '16... since this post, DELL did release v22.214.171.124 of the Lifecycle Controller. Does anyone know if this version supports installing Server 2016 (using the DRAC)?