Migrating Dell PowerEdge servers to Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Migrating Dell PowerEdge servers to Microsoft Windows Server 2008


Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 for Dell™ PowerEdge™ Systems

Migrating to Windows Server 2008
Windows Engineering Dell Product Group Version: 1.1

1. Scope of this document: This document provides the software and hardware requirements for upgrading your Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers from the current operating system to Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008. This document also lists the different methods through which Windows Server 2008 can be deployed on legacy Dell PowerEdge servers.

The following topics are discussed:
  • System Requirements
  • Supported Systems
  • Storage driver support
  • Supported Upgrade/Migration Paths
  • Known issues and Workarounds
Note: It is recommended to run the Dell Readiness Advisor Tool before upgrading to Windows Server 2008. The Dell Readiness Advisor simplifies the process of migrating servers to Windows Server® 2008 by providing wizard-based support for completing the inventory and assessment. The tool can be located at here.

2. Windows Server 2008 Editions:

The following table provides the versions available for Windows Server 2008 operating system:
Version Windows Server 2008 x86 64-bit Windows Server 2008 x64 64-bit
Web Edition
Standard Edition
Enterprise Edition
Datacenter Edition
Note: The Server Core installation option is available for all versions. 3. System Requirements for Windows Server 2008:

Component Requirement
  • Minimum: 1-GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4-GHz (x64 processor)
  • Recommended Minimum: 2GHz or faster
  • Memory
  • Minimum: 512 MB RAM
  • Recommended Minimum: 1 GB RAM or greater
  • Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (Standard) or 64 GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
  • Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-based Systems)
  • Available Disk Space
  • Minimum: 10 GB
  • Recommended: 40 GB or greater for Full installation. Server Core may require less.
    Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files

  • Drive DVD-ROM drive
    Display and Peripherals
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Microsoft Mouse or a compatible pointing device
  • Note: The actual system requirements may vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install.

    4. Supported Platforms for Windows Server 2008:

    The following table provides the list of PowerEdge servers that are supported with Windows Server 2008.
    * Note: Some legacy components do not support the new Microsoft Storport driver architecture or the new NDIS 6.0 driver architecture; hence 6 generation servers (i.e. PE2650) will only be supported on a best effort basis. Dell Services can provide support but cannot guarantee a resolution in all cases.

    PowerEdge System X86 support X64 support Web Standard Enterprise DataCenter (X64 only)

    5. Storage Driver Support on Windows Server 2008:

    The following table gives an account of what are the Dell specific storage drivers that are native with the Windows Server 2008 installation media. Dell drivers that are not native are available at Dell Support and also on the Dell CDU media that assists deployment.
    Device Native Support
    PERC 3/ Di SCSi No
    PERC 4/Di SCSi Yes
    PERC 4/DC SCSi Yes
    PERC 4/SC SCSi Yes
    PERC 4e/Di SCSi Yes
    PERC 4e/Dc SCSi Yes
    PERC 5 i SAS Yes
    PERC 5 E SAS Yes
    SAS 5 I / R Yes
    SAS 5 E Yes
    SAS 6/ iR Yes
    PERC 6 i SAS Yes
    CERC 6 Ch Sata No
    CERC 4 Ch IDE Yes
    Note : PERC 3 QC, PERC 3 DC, PERC 3 SC, and CERC 2S are not supported with the Windows Server 2008 operating system running on PowerEdge servers. For more information, see section 7.
    Note : Any upgrades with non native drivers should be checked after the installation to ensure the latest Windows Server 2008 drivers are loaded in device manager for the controller.

    6. Supported Migration Paths from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008: You can upgrade to Windows Server 2008 only if the system is running any version of the Windows Server 2003 operating system with R2 or SP1. If you are running any legacy operating systems as mentioned in the following section, upgrade to Windows Server 2003 with a minimum of SP1 and then to Windows Server 2008.

    6.1 The following upgrade paths are supported from legacy Operating Systems: Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 is supported only from Windows Server 2003. Any legacy Microsoft Operating System should first be upgraded to Windows Server 2003 before upgrading it to Windows Server 2008. o Windows NT Serverà Windows Server 2003 à Windows Server 2008 o Windows 2000 Serverà Windows Server 2003 à Windows Server 2008

    6.2 Supported Upgrade Paths from Windows Server 2003 Operating System: You can upgrade to Windows Server 2008 is supported only from Windows Server 2003. The following table provides the upgrade paths available from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

    Upgrade from (Core) Standard (Core) Enterprise (Core) Datacenter Standard Enterprise Datacenter Web
    Windows 2000 Server SP4 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Server2003 RTM Standard Edition* NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 RTM Enterprise Edition* NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 RTM Datacenter Edition* NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 RTM Web Edition* NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1, SP2, and R2 versions NO NO NO Yes Yes NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1, SP2, and R2 versions NO NO NO NO Yes NO NO
    Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1, SP2, and R2 versions NO NO NO NO NO Yes NO
    Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1, SP2, R2 versions NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    6.3 Dell OpenManage migration support Supported upgrade paths are: · Systems running Windows Server 2003 and Open Manage 5.3x

    and earlier versions o Uninstall OpenManage à (2) Upgrade operating systems to Windows Server 2008à (3) Install Windows Server 2008 supported version of OpenManage. · Systems running Windows Server 2003 and OpenManage 5.4 (or later versions) o Upgrade operating system to Windows Server 2008

    6.4 Guidelines for Application Upgrade Provided by Microsoft: Before continuing, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=85172 to see a list of programs that are supported and that can remain installed during the upgrade. (You may need to perform program-specific steps before and after the upgrade.) If a program is not on this list, it is recommended that you uninstall the program before you upgrade.

    It is recommended that you back up data before any operating system migration/upgrade effort.

    7. Known Issues and Workarounds:
    7.1 DRAC3 is not supported on Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008
    does not have support for DRAC III and there is no work around for this issue

    7.2 No Driver Support for CERC 2s in RAID Configuration: The host RAID configuration using CERC 2S controller is not supported on Windows Server 2008 as there are no drivers available this controller. The SATA configuration with a new installation is supported. The PowerEdge servers that are affected are PowerEdge 1800 and PowerEdge 800.

    7.2.1 Installation Procedure: The following steps describe the method for installing Windows Server 2008 on a server having CERC 2S as boot controller and configuring operating system RAID.

    Note: No data is migrated and this is not a replacement of CER2S Host RAID solution.

    • Connect at least two SATA hard drives to the on board SATA controller (CERC 2S).
    • Start the server and press F2 to enter the BIOS settings.
    • Enter the BIOS setupà integrated devicesà SATA controller and change it to ATA mode
    • Exit the setup and boot from the Windows Server 2008DVD.
    • Enter the details such as, choosing the locale, the SKU, the PID, acceptance of EULA, partition size for the operating system installation.
    • Follow the normal procedure for operating system installation.
    • After the installation completes, go to disk management by clicking the Start button à Right click on Computerà Manageà Storageà Disk management.

    For a System volume:

    • Right-click on the system volume and "Add mirror’ à choose the other disk and create a mirrored volume.
    • A warning message stating the basic disks are converted to dynamic disks is displayed. click OK to proceed.

    For a new data volume:

    • Right-click on the unallocated space of a disk and select "new mirror", select the other disk for the mirrored volume, allocate a size and finish. Use the same procedure for creating a new striped volume, new spanned volume.

    7.3 No Native Drivers for CERC SATA 6ch and PERC 3 Di The above mentioned storage controllers do not have native drivers in Windows Server 2008 installation media, but are available for download from Dell. § Dell drivers that are not native are available at Dell Support and also on the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility media that assist deployment. The impacted Dell servers with PERC 3 Di Storage Controller are PowerEdge 2650 and PowerEdge 4600. The Impacted Dell servers with CERC 6Ch Storage Controller are PowerEdge 1800, PowerEdge 800, PowerEdge 750, PowerEdge 830, and PowerEdge 850. CERC 6 driver version is the minimum required driver for upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

    7.3.1 Adaptec filter driver issue Any server that has PERC 3/ di or CERC SATA 6 Ch Storage controller might have a filter driver along with the storage driver that is used by Open Manage Storage Services. Upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 with the filter driver in the system causes Windows operating system to crash during the upgrade process. The following message is displayed: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4) INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE To work-around this issue, remove the filter driver before proceeding with the upgrade process.

    7.3.2 Filter Driver Removal Tool In above scenario, the filter driver has to be uninstalled from the system to continue the upgrade. The 'Filter Driver Removal Tool' can be used in such scenarios. NOTE: this has to be run proactively before initiating the upgrade to remove the filter driver. Removing the filter driver does not cause problems or loss of function after installing Windows Server 2008.

    To remove the filter driver and avoid errors during Server 2008 installation, perform the following steps:
    • Download the tool from the Dell website onto the target system (link given below).
    • The utility invokes a tool to uninstall the filter driver if present.
    • If the filter driver is not present, the user is informed that the system is safe for upgrade to Windows Server 2008 .
    • On successful un-installation of the filter driver, the system is safe for upgrade to Windows Server 2008.

    The tool can be downloaded from the following URL:

    7.4 PERC 3QC/DC/SC? are not Supported on Windows Server 2008 due to Architectural Limitations in the Controllers It is recommended that PERC 3 QC/DC/SC? controllers be upgraded to PERC 4/DC controllers which are supported by Windows Server 2008. Steps to migrate from PERC 3DC/QC/SC? to PERC4 are explained below:

    • Shut down the system.
    • Remove the PERC3 controller and install the PERC4 controller.
    • Attach the disks as required.
    • Boot up the system. 9. Press Ctrl+M.
    • Select the PERC4 controller from the adapter list.
    • In configuration, go to View/Add configurations.
    • Select "View from Disk" option.
    • Verify the raid configurations.
    • Save the configuration.
    • Reboot the system.

    Your system is ready for upgrade to Windows Server 2008

    7.5 Broadcom 5700, 5701, 5703 do not have Driver Support: Broadcom 5700, 5701, 5703, which are supported on PE4600, PE2600, PE 2650, PE 6600, PE 6650, PE 1750 do not have driver support for Windows Server 2008. However the latest driver supported on Windows Server 2003 supports basic functionality of this network controller. Download the latest Broadcom NIC driver from Dell Support
    To add drivers from Device manager:

    • Download the latest driver for Windows 2003 from Dell support website.
    • Extract the contents of the self extracting executable to a folder.
    • Click on Startà Runà Type ‘devmgmt.msc’.
    • Device manager is displayed. Right-click on the Broadcom NIC and select ‘update Driver Software…’.
    • Select ‘Browse My Computer for Driver Software’.
    • Browse the path where the driver package was extracted.
    • Click Next.
    • Follow the on screen instructions and complete the update process.


    Dell Forum
    Windows Server 2008 TechCenter

    Article ID: SLN312223

    Last Date Modified: 10/17/2018 06:43 AM

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