DISCLAIMER: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Beta are not supported on Dell servers at this time. This is for testing and evaluation only.
If anyone has tried to install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Beta on an 11th Generation or a 12th Generation Dell PowerEdge server for testing purposes, they will notice that the storage drivers are not readily available. Furthermore if you try to use the OS install features of the lifecycle controller or any of the Open Manage tools for OS deployment, you will see that Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 is not listed as a supported OS. When you try to install the OS using the downloaded bits from Microsoft, the installer will not be able to see the disk drive. However, it is very simple to install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 on a 12th Generation Dell PowerEdge server if you follow the steps below:
Additional drivers are available. Please see this blog. Now you can download the drivers and install them once the OS is installed.
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