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Wait... you are mad at HP for using half-height when you bought the wrong part?  I wish you better luck.  Most of us have not had any problems.

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OK, here's a slimmed version of the $WinPEDriver$ folder I used to install S2012E onto my N54L with no problems.  It also includes the drivers for WHS2011 on the EX490 series. I slimmed it down to ab

No problem.  I've gleaned much more info from these forums than I can contribute, so I give what I can. Incidentally, for those of you interested in injecting drivers/updates into the .wim files them

I haven't downloaded WS2012r2E yet to test, but I did pull the HWID list from my N54L in preparation. PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_165B&SUBSYS_705D103C&REV_10\28924AFFFE32065400: HP NC107i PCIe Gigab

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Nah not mad a HP, just annoyed that the project seems jinxed.  What I am annoyed with HP over is not having a working driver for the embedded NIC!


Oh I know the card will still fit, and we may end up adjusting the bracket so that it can fix in position but it is annoying as when the card was bought previously by another (see earlier in the thread) both sizes of brackets were supplied!

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I actually bought that TP Link card from Amazon here in the US and it had both brackets.  I have since removed it and went with a HP NC360T.

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Interesting, I'm getting tempted more and more to look to send the card back I think and choose a different card. I have raised a ticket with TP Link but they are not responding (or have not done yet anyway). The engineers at work assure me that the bracket can be cut down and made to fit but I can see that involving a lot of trial and error with the server and sliding in / out and obviously I want to avoid damage to the machine itself.


Why did you change cards, were there problems with the TP Link card? Are you using the NC360T with Server 2012 Essentials?

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So the thought is now, do I look to send that card back (if they can't provide a bracket), and look at the Intel EXPI9301CTBLK PRO1000 Network Card CT PCIex Bulk (if that will work with the OS) or do I wait for the OS formal release and therefore one would hope a driver fix from HP?




Bought this exact one from Amazon UK too, and it definitely comes with two brackets!

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Which card are you refering to exactly the TP-LINK Gigabit PCI Express Network Adapter: TG-3468 (TG-3468) or the Intel EXPI9301CTBLK PRO1000 Network Card CT PCIex Bulk?


Just wanting to make sure. From the pictures I know the latter comes with both brackets. I need to verify that is Intel card does work with 2012 Essentials though.

Intel one, using it with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard in VM on it.

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Right and if it runs those 2012 R2 builds they use the same core as 2012 Essentials I think so it should be okay?


No problems space wise in it fitting into the machine?

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