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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  • The 2850 can run 2008 R2 just fine. You may need to look for the SCSI PERC drivers, but the rest should be easy.

    One note: you won't be able to use the hyper-v role, due to the processors on the 2850 not supporting VT.

    Member since 2003

  • Yes, it runs 2008 R2 beautifully :)  Just remember, that because the PERC does not support non-RAID, you must first configure and initialize the RAID array before attempting to install, then you will need to load the RAID driver for the PERC 4e/Di in order for 2008 R2 to see the drives.  If I remember right, you may need to use the 2008x64 video driver for proper display resolutions.

  • sorry dev :)

  • You can use the Windows 2003 x64 PERC driver. This one does work:

    http://bit.ly/QlP7Cu

    Regards,

    Geoff P
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  • Geoff ... why use the 2003x64 driver when there is a 2008R2 driver?  I have installed two dozen or more of these things using the 2008R2 driver with no problems (make sure to download the 'hard drive' version):

    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/2684/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-2850?driverId=9K3D3&osCode=WS8R2&fileId=2731109791

    btw ... your link is broken (again) ... sorry, you know it is nothing personal, but you might know already how much I hate those shortened links

  • Flash,

    Its the same driver for 2003 x64 as it is for 2008 R2 and 2008 x64: ftp.dell.com/.../perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe

    Microsoft nor did Dell write a 2008 driver for the Perc 4.

    Regards,

    Geoff P
    Dell | Social Outreach Services - Enterprise


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  • theflash1932, the link you providers sends me to a folder directory on downloads.dell.com /Pages/Drivers.  Is that where you wanted to send me?

  • Yeah, Dell broke their support page again ... you can get to it from there, but until it comes back up, you can get it here:

    downloads.dell.com/.../LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe

  • ??  They aren't the same, Microsoft has 2008 drivers, and Dell has 2008R2 drivers.

    2003 - driver required, supported by Dell
    perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe, driver version 6.46.3.64
    http://downloads.dell.com/scsi-raid/perc-w2k3-6.46.3.64-A01.exe

    2003R2/SP2 - I believe the 6.46 driver is now native to Windows

    2008 - driver native to Windows
    driver version 6.50.3.64 (?)
    http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/windows-server-2008-early-adopters-resource-guide.aspx

    2008R2 - driver removed from Windows, supported by Dell
    LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe, driver version 6.53.0.64 (no textsetup.oem, so cannot be used with 2003)
    http://downloads.dell.com/scsi-raid/LSI-LOGIC_MULTI-DEVICE_A00_R227150.exe
    http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/major-peripherals-support-status/revision/10.aspx

     

     

  • So then, let me see if I understand how things are supposed to go.  First, we flatten the old OS.  Second, we install 2008 R2.  Third, I apply the SCSI RAID drivers?  Do I have it correct, or no?

  • 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.
  • So, I'll download the drivers and put them onto a USB or CD/DVD, before I start the installing of 2008 R2. Then when I reboot the system, during the boot processing I enter the CTRL-M utility and follow your instructions the rest of the way (with the exception of having gotten the drivers before hand)?

  • You got it.