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Anyone successfully install Server 2012 R2 Essentials on a Microserver N36L,N40L,N54L ?

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I enabled the builtin nic and it booted into windows but immediatly froze.

Ah, I had to boot into safe mode. Then went into Device Manager to change the nic drivers. But without success. I could not find the correct driver even from Broadcom.

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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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Has anyone escalated this to either HP or Microsoft?  I don't have a dog in this fight right now.

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Been reading through this thread and from what I gather with the N40L's on board NIC there is no way to have a working Server 2012 R2 installation?


Anyone made any headway on this at all?  :(

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I'm still waiting for someone to post their log files.

If I get time, I'll bring my production N54L offline and do a test install to get the logs myself.

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So have just installed Server 2012 R2 Datacenter on my N40L with the on board NIC disabled, I loaded Mr_Smartepants' NIC driver at setup. Booted to desktop OK. Enabled the NIC in BIOS and it's booted to desktop, I can see the NIC in device manager but NIC is showing as disabled in Control panel. When I try and enable it it instantly switches back to disabled state.


Nothing logged in Event logs either.

I'll keep digging.

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Can one of you with a stalled/failed install upload the following files:




Maybe we can find the cause in there.

So you're saying these logs don't exist on your system?

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So you're saying these logs don't exist on your system?


I didn't get a failed/stalled install but can still upload the logs if you wish?

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I just wanted to post that I have windows 2012 server std running on my server.  I did not have to disable my nic.  Just did a clean install and it worked.  I have a N54.  Maybe it has an newer nic card in them?  

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I just wanted to post that I have windows 2012 server std running on my server.  I did not have to disable my nic.  Just did a clean install and it worked.  I have a N54.  Maybe it has an newer nic card in them?  


Good News!  With or without the Mod-BIOS?


We are talking about Server 2012 R2 Preview?

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