Important

The official support for Windows Server 2016 by Dell is aligned with the commercial release of the operating system (OS) from Microsoft. Technical Preview builds are pre-release software that are not intended nor supported in production environments, labs, or full evaluations. The customers who have selected the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview builds are NOT promised a technical support solution from Dell if they run into failures.

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings the breadth and depth of Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services to datacenter infrastructure. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 (TP 4) provides a range of new and enhanced capabilities and features, spanning server virtualization, storage, networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, remote desktop infrastructure, and more. For more information about Windows Server 2016 TP 4, see the Important links section at the end of this blog.

Drawing on more than 30 years of shared experience and in-depth expertise, Dell and Microsoft have developed joint solutions that are tightly integrated to work better together.  A deep investment in people, process and technology, intelligent virtualized infrastructure and world-class expertise, and services makes Dell the partner of choice to accelerate the benefits of Windows Server 2016.

Note

The information in this document is for Windows Server 2016 TP 4.  We will update the list of servers and recommended options to include any newly announced support as we approach commercial availability of this OS.

 

Dell has been working consistently with Microsoft to enable our customers with best in class experience to adapt to this new server OS on our wide ranging portfolio of servers. Dell’s 12th and 13th generation of PowerEdge servers are rich in innovative features and capabilities that can power this new OS platform for the cloud-first world.  

The following is the list of Dell PowerEdge servers which has been extensively tested with this OS in our lab.

Note: Dell does not promise any support for any of these servers until the commercial release of this OS.

Dell PowerEdge Servers:

  • PowerEdge R220
  • PowerEdge R320
  • PowerEdge R420
  • PowerEdge R430
  • PowerEdge R520
  • PowerEdge R530
  • PowerEdge R620
  • PowerEdge R630
  • PowerEdge R720,
  • PowerEdge R730
  • PowerEdge R820
  • PowerEdge R920
  • PowerEdge T420
  • PowerEdge T630
  • PowerEdge M620
  • PowerEdge M620 (For PowerEdge VRTX )
  • PowerEdge M630
  • PowerEdge M630 (For PowerEdge VRTX )
  • PowerEdge FM120
  • PowerEdge FC630
  • PowerEdge T20

 

The current state of driver support for Dell PowerEdge servers helps make your experience better. As part of this effort we have worked with internal teams and vendors to submit drivers to be included in the Microsoft Windows media. As a result, this Microsoft release has the majority of Dell’s device drivers in the Windows media as “inbox”.

Having a drivers included in the Windows media (as inbox) reduces the need to download drivers manually from Dell’s website saving time and effort. Also, Dell will provide updated Windows Server 2016 drivers on Dell.com/support/home , when the drivers are available.

The following is a summary of the device drivers available for Windows Server 2016 TP 4:

Storage

  • Drivers for Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) 8 and 9 family are present inbox.
  • Drivers for Shared PERC for Dell PowerEdge VRTX system are present inbox.
  • Drivers for Dell Software RAID S110 and S130 controllers are not present inbox and Dell will release the drivers on the Dell.com/support/home in future.

Networking

  • Drivers for the on-board network controllers (LOMs) for Dell’s 12th and 13th generation of PowerEdge servers are present inbox.
  • A large number of add-on network controller drivers are available as inbox.
  • For any of the add-on network controllers that do not have inbox drivers, Dell provides the drives on Dell.com/support/home, whenever they are available.

Chipset

  • Chipset drivers for most of Dell’s 12th generation of PowerEdge servers are present inbox.
  • For any of the Dell’s 12th or 13th generation of PowerEdge servers that do not have drivers inbox, the drivers can be download from Dell.com/support/home.

 

Along with these we are working on providing a consolidated driver pack for Dell Lifecycle Controller during the commercial release of this OS.

 

Known Issues and Resolutions in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4:

Title: Yellow bang is displayed in Device Manager for Dell’s 12th and 13th generations of PowerEdge servers

Description: After installing Microsoft Windows Server 2016 on a Dell’s 12th or 13th generation of PowerEdge servers, in the Device Manager window yellow bang/s is/are displayed against devices listed under other devices. This may be due to unavailability of either chipset or add-on network controller drivers for this server.

Resolution: Download and install the chipset and network controller drivers for the server from Dell.com/support/home.
Note: The drivers for add-on network controllers are released from Dell when they are made available by network device vendors.

 

Title: Yellow bang is displayed in Device Manager on Dell PowerEdge FM120 server

Description: After installing Microsoft Windows Server 2016 on Dell PowerEdge FM120 server, in the Device Manager window yellow bang/s is/are displayed against devices listed under other devices. This may also result in no network connection on this server. This may be due to unavailability of either chipset driver or integrated network controller driver for this server.

Resolution: Download and install the chipset and network controller drivers for this server from Dell.com/support/home.

Note: The drivers for add-on network controllers are released from Dell when they are made available by network device vendors.

 

Important links:

Microsoft

 

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