Dell PowerEdge server support for Windows Server 2012 and its features

Dell PowerEdge server support for Windows Server 2012 and its features


Windows Server 2012 was released to Manufacturing (RTM) and below is the list of Dell Servers that will support Windows Server 2012. These servers have under gone rigorous testing and support most of the Windows Server 2012 offered features.

Below is a list of our 11th & 12th Generation server that officially supports Windows Server 2012. The table below lists the support status for various features offered by Windows Server 2012 on Dell Server Platforms.

Table 1: 11th Generation of Servers

Model Dell Support Consumed Memory Error Collaborative processor performance counters Logical Processor Idling Consistent Device Naming SR-IOV
PowerEdge R610* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge R710* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge T610* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge M610 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge M710* Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R410* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge T410* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge T710 Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge T310 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R210 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge T110 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R510* Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge R810 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge M910 Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge R910 Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge R815 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R715 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge M710HD Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge M610x Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R415 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R515 Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge M915 Qualified X X X X Y
PowerEdge R210 II Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge T110 II Qualified X X X X X
PowerEdge R310 Qualified X X X X X

Note: * means SR-IOV is supported only on Generation II servers using Intel Xeon 56xx CPU models

Table 2: 12th Generation of Servers

Model Dell Support Consumed Memory Error Collaborative processor performance counters Logical Processor Idling Consistent Device Naming SR-IOV
PowerEdge R320 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R420 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R520 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R620 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R720 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R720 XD Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge R820* Qualified Y Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge T320 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge T420 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge T620 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge M420 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge M520 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge M620 Qualified X Y Y Y Y
PowerEdge M820* Qualified Y Y Y Y Y

Note: * This feature is only supported on Dell’s 12th Generation 4 Socket Server which supports Intel Sandy Bridge EP-4600 Series 4P processors.

For more details on the above listed features, refer to the glossary section below.

Below table shows the Drivers and Dell Open Manage support on our 11th & 12th Generations of Servers.

Table 3: 11th & 12th Generations of Servers.

Model

Driver Support Dell Open Manage Support
All of the above 11th Generation Servers In-box and Out-of-box OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
All of the above 12th Generation Servers In-box and Out-of-box OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full

To see the list of Dell supported device drivers that are already in-box in the operating system, refer to the blog titled Windows Server 2012 Inbox Driver Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers. To see the list of all the out of box drivers that will be released by Dell, refer to this blog Dell out of Box Driver.

All of the above listed servers have been certified under the "Certified for Windows Server 2012" Logo Category. More info on these servers can be found under the Windows Server catalog website.

We have a few more Dell Server from our 9th and 10th Generation that does support Windows Server 2012, but these have not been certified for Windows Server 2012. These have been successfully tested and validated with this operating system and meet the support requirement of this Operating System. These Servers have full Dell Open Manage Support and all of the device drivers are native inside the Operating system. See the below table for more details on the drivers and Open Manage support.

Table 4: Poweredge Varient

Model No Dell Support definition Driver Support Dell Open Manage Support
PowerEdge 1950 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 2900 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 2950 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 1955MC Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 6950 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 1900 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 1950 III Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 2900 III Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 2950 III Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge SC1435 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full

Table 5: 10th Generation of Servers

Model No Dell Support definition Driver Support Dell Open Manage Support
PowerEdge M600 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge T605 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge M905 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge M605 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge R900 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge R200 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge T105 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge R805v Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge 2970 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge T300 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge R300 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge R905v Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge T100 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge M805 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
PowerEdge M905 Supported Inbox only OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full

Glossary:

Dell Support Definition

Dell Qualified: Dell™ Engineering has successfully tested and validated the current and immediately preceding released operating system (OS) version on Dell PowerEdge™ Servers. Dell adheres to all published partner test plans to ensure OS compatibility and provides full technical support for the Dell hardware components running on the OS. Dell Qualified systems have Open Manage support.

Dell Supported: Dell™ Engineering has tested this operating system (OS) version on Dell PowerEdge Servers to ensure OS compatibility. While most OS features work as expected on this platform, some certification tests could not be completed successfully. These findings are documented at Dell.com/ostechsheets. Dell Supported systems may not have Open Manage support. Updated drivers may not be available from Dell for these systems.

Consumed Memory Error: This is a new feature available on 4-socket Intel-based systems called "Consumed Memory Error." This new features helps you achieve a higher level of resiliency by consuming and isolating memory errors to specific VMs that can be taken offline while other VMs remain online.

Collaborative processor performance counters: CPPC leverages the existing Dell Active Power Controller (DAPC) infrastructure and adds operating system "hints" to set the proper P-states for the processors. Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers support CPPC

Logical Processor Idling (LPI): LPI is collaborative interface between platform and OS that helps to improve the energy efficiency of a system.

Consistent Device Naming (CDN): This is a standard for naming Ethernet adapters in the operating system. It allows hardware vendors to consistently name NICs in the BIOS which mean Windows Server 2012 can read this information from the BIOS and name NICs the same in the OS.

SR-IOV: The SR-IOV feature (Single Root - I/O Virtualization) in Windows Server 2012 allows a virtual machine to communicate directly to a network adapter resulting in enhanced throughput.






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Last Date Modified: 09/21/2019 05:00 AM


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