zainsiddiqui
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server 2012 Installation on PowerEdge 840

Hi 

i have two poweredge 840 servers one with RAID and other without RAID controller. I want to install Server 2012 r2 on both, supporting OS for this server are 

www.dell.com/.../poweredge-840

  • Windows Server 2008 x86
  • Windows Server 2008 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Is any way i can install server 2012 R2 ? 

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RE: server 2012 Installation on PowerEdge 840

Hello.

The fact that Server 2012 is not a supported OS on the PE 840 because of unavailable supporting drivers for its hardware, there is agood chance that it may not successfully install. We recommend that you Install supported OS.

Robert Alakara

Dell EMC | Enterprise Services

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DynamisDotNet
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RE: server 2012 Installation on PowerEdge 840

Good news, it IS now possible to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on a PE840.

First, create a bootable USB thumb drive from the Windows 2012 R2 ISO using Microsoft's free Windows USB/DVD download tool available at:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

Then, set the boot order in the PE840 BIOS to boot from this device first.

Now, boot from the thumb drive and Windows 2012 R2 installs until it says it needs to reboot.

Remove the thumb drive or change the BIOS boot order so that it doesn't boot from the thumb drive again.

Windows 2012 will boot up the 2nd part the setup and complete it successfully.

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DynamisDotNet
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RE: server 2012 Installation on PowerEdge 840

NOTE: The PE840 must have one of the later BIOS versions that supports booting from a USB flash drive / thumb drive. Some of the earlier PE840 versions don't support booting from a thumb drive.  The ones that do refer to it as "hard drive emulated usb flash drive" or something along those lines. 

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