Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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I have a PowerEdge 2850 server, which when it was originally set up (by someone else) had Windows 2003 R2 on it.  However, when they set it up, the partitioned the C: drive with so little space that it's run out of space.  We've gotten a newer server from Dell and I've turned that 2850 off.  It's been off for a month or so.

But I would like to repurpose it as a backup database server.  Can I install Windows 2008 R2 Server on a PowerEdge 2850?

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  • You will need to install the RAID drivers DURING the 2008R2 installation.  

    1. Configure and initialize RAID in CTRL-M utility.
    2. Download and extract the drivers, put on USB (or CD).
    3. Boot to 2008R2 media.
    4. At the screen that asks where you want to install Windows, click on Load Driver link in bottom-left corner.
    5. Browse to the location of the RAID drivers.
    6. Choose disk to install to, then Install.
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