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dsafe
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install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

hello,

i have a PE 2900 III with the current configuration 2003 SBS installed on it. also added 4x1TB WD Black 7.2RPM in RAID 6.

i want to install a new windows server 2008 R2 / 2012, can i do it ? do i need to upgrade the hardware ? does dell site has all drivers for that OS ?

i'll appreciate any kind of help...

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theflash1932
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

i want to install a new windows server 2008 R2 / 2012, can i do it ?

Yes.

do i need to upgrade the hardware ?

No, but it would be advisable to update the system firmware (BIOS, ESM, NIC, PERC, etc.).

does dell site has all drivers for that OS ?

Yes, all the needed drivers are supplied by Dell at support.dell.com.

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dsafe
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

hi flash,

thank you very much for your quick answers, but what make you be so sure about it ?

the PDF by Dell says that i can't http://www.dell.com/downloads/emea/products/pedge/en/pe2900_spec_sheet_final.pdf

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theflash1932
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

Really?!

Look at the date of the spec sheet you linked to. May 2006. Server 2003 was the only option around at the time. Nobody knew anything about 2008 or later OS's.

Go to support.dell.com as previously advised, to the drivers page for the 2900:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/poweredge-2900/drivers

Change the dropdown to the OS of YOUR CHOICE (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 are all options).

Check Dell's OS compatibility matrix:

http://advisors.dell.com/AgileWeb/iDrivematrixView.aspx

or here:

http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/Common/ms-win-2000-srvr_White%20Papers99_en-us.pdf

That's not to mention the fact that I have dozens of 2950's (the rackmount equivalent of the 2900) running 2008 R2 and later.

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pcmeiners
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

"but what  makes you be so sure ?"

I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you better ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"

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dsafe
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

Dear flash,

Thank you very much for your help.

Ill give it a try as soon as possible and update afterwards.

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dsafe
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

hi flash,

iv'e looked again on the http://advisors.dell.com/AgileWeb/iDrivematrixView.aspx that you've sent and is updated to April 2015.

there's no mention that server 2012 R2 can be installed on PE2900 but the opposite it's blank.

dell says "Blank cells indicate no support"

and where it's written "supported" systems may not have OpenManage support.

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pcmeiners
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RE: install windows server 2008 R2 on PE 2900 III

Dsafe....

Before you ask questions you should do a simple Google searche such as   

                            Dell 29000 windows 2012 r2  

"Upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 on Dell PowerEdge Servers "

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.com...

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