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Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Install Fix for HP Microserver and Integrated Network Card

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Doesn't fix it for N40L. If installed in safe mode and then rebooted the NIC then shows no link.

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Does NL40 and 54 uses the same NIC? If not that might be the reason why its not working on NL40.

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The N40L according to various sites uses the NC107i Network Card

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Didn't work for me on the n54l. Card is recognised by the operating system but it doesn't recognise a cable connected. I installed another card until it's sorted.

 

Edited by Cwmdu86

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Did you update the firmware for the NIC as well as the driver?  I imagine the two work hand-in-hand.

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Hello,

 

As everyone, I can't install the WS2012ER2 on my N40L. I wanted to test myself the fix but I could not find the workflow to follow in the unpacked HP NIC Documentation. There is not README.TXT after unpack ...

 

Can someone help me to find it or post me here the workflow ?

 

Also, I am not familliar with firmware update and so on. Don't hesitate to give me a lot of details ^^.

 

Thanks in advance !

 

(Sorry for my english, I am not a native speaker)

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This is what I've done, tell me if I did something wrong and how to did it in a better way because it still don't work :

 

  • I donwload the two item given on the link (firmware update et driver).
  • I install Windows Server 2012 Essentials (it works).
  • I run the firmware update. It tells me that the good drivers wasn't install (I don't remember exactly the message but it was something like that).
  • So I run the driver installer. It tells me that there was no hardware compatible installed (or something like that) but that I could still install it, (what I did)
  • I run again the firmware. This time it tells me that the firmware were up to date (strange ? it's not supposed to be a new driver that correct the bug ?) but that I could still run the upgrade (what I did).

 

Both install works well.

 

Then, I start again a new installation of Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2. Same problem, stuck at 82% >_<.

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I also was unable to get this to work.  I guess I'm not entirely sure on the full process though to implement.  Here is what I did:

 

  1. Disabled the NIC
  2. Installed 2012 Essentials R2
  3. Completed install
  4. Downloaded the driver and firmware

This is where I'm stuck.  If I enable the NIC it locks up.  Do you have to install the driver first and then enable the NIC and then install the firmware?  I did not try this yet - I will tonight and report back - but if anyone has any confirmation let me know.  Thanks!

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Not that I have been working on this issue, But I would think that updating the NIC Driver before enabling it or possibly doing this in Safe Mode might be a remedy.

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jmwills - Thank you for the idea.  I will try just installing the driver first and then enabling the NIC.  Don't know why I didn't even try this - just used to installing the driver when the hardware is detected!  If that doesn't work I'll try the safe mode approach.

If I get to this tonight I will post back my results.

 

Thanks again!

 

Jeff

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I also tried that (install R2 with NIC Disabled and then update the firmware and install the driver). Both installations failed because the OS is not supported by the installer (a message like that).

 

I finally bought an external network card.

 

Let met know if you get success in your installation.

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External?  Why not use an internal NIC?  those can be had for around $30.

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jmwills : My mistake, I meant say third party network card, not external ^^. 

 

I bought this one which is directly recognized by Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 without requiring any drivers : http://www.amazon.fr/TP-Link-TG-3468-Adaptateur-Gigabit-Express/dp/B001OQSZQ0 (about 12$ on amazon.com).

 

I was not clear in my last message, I didn't try to update the firmware and install the driver in safe mode. Only in classic mode (OS not supported). I'm interested to know if it works in safe mode.

Edited by Anji

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jmwills : My mistake, I meant say third party network card, not external ^^. 

 

I bought this one which is directly recognized by Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 without requiring any drivers : http://www.amazon.fr/TP-Link-TG-3468-Adaptateur-Gigabit-Express/dp/B001OQSZQ0 (about 12$ on amazon.com).

 

I was not clear in my last message, I didn't try to update the firmware and install the driver in safe mode. Only in classic mode (OS not supported). I'm interested to know if it works in safe mode.

hi

 

Why not update the firmware and the driver in normal mode , then upgrade the system to R2 in windows server 2012?

 

but, if upgrade to R2,the NC107i will not work, so far until now.

 

I installed a wireless usb adapter instead.

 

Hope HP will solve the problem.

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On WS2012 Essentials (not R2 !), as I said, the firmware updater told me that it was up to date and the driver installer told that there was no hardware compatible installed.

 

I didn't try a migration to R2 but the firmware is independent from the OS so I don't think it will solve anything (but may be I am wrong).

 

My installation works with card so I will not try anything else. And I think the new NIC is more efficient that the embedded one. I didn't try yet but I had bad performance on WS2012E with the embedded NIC. 40mbps where my desktop PC is up to 180 ^^.

 

EDIT : a friend of mine get success in installing WS2012E R2 with the embedded NIC on N54L. He installed the OS with NIC disabled. At reboot, he enabled the NIC and boot in safe mode. He updated the driver manually (extract the archive and update from the devices panel). May be it works on N40L too but I won't try ^^.

Edited by Anji

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I was able to successfully install using the technique mentioned by Anji.  The problem is that when the cable is plugged into the NIC no network connection is detected.  I know the cable is not bad as I'm using it successfully on a different device.  I then tried to install the firmware but it said that everything was up to date which I find strange.  Anyway below is a summary of what I have done to get to this point.

 

1.  Disable NIC in the BIOS

2.  Install 2012 Essentials R2

3.  Enable NIC in the BIOS

4.  Boot into safe mode (I believe I did the first option and not the Safe Mode with networking)

5.  Reboot - R2 successfully boots up and the NIC is installed and detected in device manager.

6.  Tried installing firmware but I received a message that it was up to date.

7.  No network connection is detected.

 

At this point I'll probably pull out a NIC I have in my N40L and install it in the N54L and see if I can move on past this so I can get the machine up and running.

 

Thanks for all the help!  Let me know if anyone has any questions.

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Yes sir.  I updated it in Safe Mode in Device Manager and browsed to a flash drive that had the driver on it.  It installed correctly and even changed the name of the Device (I don't recall exactly what it was but it went from a Broadcomm device to and HP device).

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This is very weird.

 

You install the driver and update the firmware when you were in safe mode ? (not clear to me in your workflow)

 

He told me that the firmware updater told him that his hardware was up to date too (as for me and my N40L).

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You are right - I skipped a couple of steps in my workflow.  Sorry about that.

 

But yes, while in Safe Mode I installed the driver manually.  This worked and changed the name of the device in the Device manager window.

 

Then I installed the Firmware update.  Which did not error but did not install as it said that the firmware on the hardware devices were up to date.  Which seems kind of strange since I got this server before the new firmware could be released.

 

So then I rebooted in Normal mode and it booted successfully.  But trying to install the firmware ended up with the same result as the Safe Mode attempt.  So now I'm left with a device that appears to work and be recognized by the OS but Windows does not actually detect a connection on the device.

 

I may try one reinstall of the essentials tonight and start over from scratch.  But if I can't get it to go then I'll just give up and put in a different NIC.

Thanks for the help!

 

Jeff

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Maybe it thinks it's a virtual network....... sorry, couldn't resist, pay no attention ;)

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Found a link to this forum when I was Googling around to find a solution for this bug and have even tried the driver here with NO success what so ever!

 

I´m running an N36L and I got it installed when the onboard NIC is disabled in the BIOS, when I then switch it on the startup is freezing... =/
Now I´m waiting for my new dual NIC HP NC360T to get it up and running! :D

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At this point it seems pretty clear that the onboard NIC is a no go, for now. I think people should just plan on using a 3rd party NIC right from the start, if they want to run R2 now.

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