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Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Inbox Driver Support for Dell Servers Update - 06/07/2012

This blog post was originally written by Kailash Chander & Michael Schroeder

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With the recent announcement of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC), we are happy to reveal the current state of driver support for Dell servers (as we did with Windows Server 2012 build).

Dell has been working with Microsoft for over a year to bring you the best possible Windows experience on Dell hardware. As a part of this effort we’ve worked with internal Dell teams and vendors to submit drivers to Microsoft for inclusion in the Windows installationmedia. As a result, this Microsoft release has the majority of Dell PowerEdge device drivers in the Windows media “inbox”.

Having a driver inbox reduces the need to download drivers manually from Dell’s website, saving time and making support tasks easier.  Looking forward, later Windows Server 2012 releases should incorporate additional/updated inbox drivers for our devices. However, as a disclaimer, because this is a pre-release product, Microsoft or a particular vendor may alter the features or types of hardware supported before release.  

In addition to our newer 12th Generation & 11th Generation servers, this Microsoft RC release of Windows Server 2012 has been installed successfully on 9th Generation PowerEdge Servers (i.e. PE1950, PE2900, PE2950, etc.) 

We are maintaining a list of Dell devices with inbox drivers on the Dell TechCenter wiki. Follow the links below to see which Dell devices are supported natively by the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. 

As always, Dell will provide updated Windows Server 2012 drivers on support.dell.com as they become available, usually shortly before or after a final Microsoft release.

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