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How-To Dell Server: Install an Operating System on a PowerEdge

Summary: This page explains how to use to install a new operating system on a Dell EMC server (PowerEdge). It contains tutorials to use the Lifecycle Controller to deploy an OS.

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This page explains how to use to install a new operating system on a Dell server (PowerEdge). It contains tutorials to use the Lifecycle Controller to deploy an OS.

How the Operating System Deployment Works?

The OS Deployment feature in the Lifecycle Controller helps to install an operating system with the correct drivers in a few steps. The OS Deployment wizard allows to deploy:
  • Dell-supported operating systems (drivers are automatically installed)
  • Customized operating systems (drivers are automatically installed)
  • Any other Operating systems (required drivers are manually installed)


Note: OS Deployment wizard also allows RAID configuration before installing the Operating System if it is not already configured.

The list of Dell-supported operating systems changes based on the driver packs updated on the system. To update the drivers, please download the latest OS Driver pack that is associated to your server.

Compatible and supported Operating Systems for PowerEdge can be checked on the Dell Support Matrix.
Operating System manuals and installation guides can be found on

If the operating system is installed without using Lifecycle Controllers, some drivers are missing and will have to be manually installed.

Operating System Installation Articles

How to install the Operating System (Windows, Linux) on a Dell server? SLN129177
This article explains how to use the OS Deployment feature to install or reinstall a supported operating system on a server.
This guide works for all supported OS. In most of the cases Windows Server, RedHat, SUSE, and CentOS are supported. For more support information, please refer to the Dell Support Matrix.

To install VMware ESXi on a Dell Server, it is recommended to boot directly on the Dell Customized Image.
This article explains. How to download the Dell ESXi image? SLN288152 on the Dell Website.

For a remote installation please consider the following two articles:

The virtual media allows using the iDRAC to mount a file and to send it to the remote server.

List of available videos

Installation of Windows 2016 in UEFI mode using the LifeCycle Controller

Installation of VMware ESXi without LifeCycle Controller


Technical Articles regarding Operating System installation

  • How to load PERC drivers

When deploying an operating system without using the OS Deployment feature, the RAID Controller drivers may not be included in the installation wizard. As a result, no available partition is displayed during the installation.
How to manually load the PERC Drivers during Windows 2003, 2008 or 2012 installation is explained in this article.

  • How to load USB 3 drivers on Windows 2008 R2
Windows Server versions older than 2012 (including WS 2008 R2 w/SP1) do not support USB 3.0 natively. How to inject USB 3.0 drivers into Windows Server 2008 R2SP1 for use on Dell R230, R330, T30, T130, T330 is explained in this article.

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16 Apr 2021



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