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

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ikon

That was my question JM, cause we all know that Server 2012 installs just fine; it's R2 that's been the real issue.

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rfs830

all stock for me. have not done the bios mod yet.  I need to though. 

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ikon

OK, but is it R2?

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Joe_Miner

Has anyone been able to successfully install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials onto a HP Microserver ?

 

I've tried a standard install but it keeps hanging. Circle of dots go round and round. If I disable the NIC (network adapter card) in the BIOS called Embedded NIC ( or something) then the install continues. However even though I get to a desktop in the end, I cannot complete the install because Server Manager opens up to complete the NIC install which it doesn't find.

 

Looks like installation is different for R2 than before because Server Manager takes over the install instead of ... to be continued.

 

I did try installing the OS on an other PC and then move the drive to the Microserver, no luck.

I was able to get the nic drivers installed by adding the drivers to the Windows/system32/drivers folder and it installed. However once the server was running, I was not able to get the nic configured to go online.

 

 

I WILL UPDATE THIS POST.

 

 

Finally got it to work.  I thought I had disabled the NIC before -- this time I disabled anything on the System Board that might be related to the System Board NIC figuring I sort it out later

 

Thanks to DieHard who got this to work last week and gave me a Step by Step via Twitter!

 

I did it on my N40L but it should work on a N54L.

 

Stripped the N40L MicroServer

Flashed the BIOS-MOD

Installed Intel NIC EXPI9301CTBLK in X1 Slot on System Board

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Secure 128GB SSD in ODD with Electrical Tape -- SSD attached to System Board ODD SATA Port (I could have used any HDD or SSD in this space -- the Crucial M4 128GB SSD is reliable & was handy and it's fast -- I wanted to install the OS drive in the ODD space to keep the main 4 drive cage free for data HDD's for testing later on.....)

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Boot MicroServer

Hit F10 to go into Boot Menu

[Disable] Embedded NIC Port 1 Control (in Boot Sub-menu)  

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[Disable] Wake-On LAN (In Boot Sub-Menu) -- probably didn't need -- done mostly for luck

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[Disable] Atheros AR8132M NIC (in Chipset Sub-Menu) -- probably don't need -- done mostly for luck

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[Disable] NEC USB3.0 Controller (in Chipset Sub-Menu) -- probably didn't need -- done mostly for luck

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Save configuration and exit Setup

 

Install S2012E-R2 Preview

 

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Edited by Joe_Miner

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Mr_Smartepants

So it's definitely the onboard NIC causing the problem?

That's good news since it means it's the built in driver to R2 causing the problem.

 

This means that the driver must be removed from the iso by using DISM before install or a newer (signed) driver be present during install.

Of course, R2 is beta and this may all be resolved when R2 goes to general availability (GA).

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ikon

Agreed Mr_Smartepants, it could be that the NIC maker is still working on the driver and hasn't sent the final version to MS yet.

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Joe_Miner

Finally got it to work.  I thought I had disabled the NIC before -- this time I disabled anything on the System Board that might be related to the System Board NIC figuring I sort it out later

 

Thanks to DieHard who got this to work last week and gave me a Step by Step via Twitter!

 

I did it on my N40L but it should work on a N54L.

 

Stripped the N40L MicroServer

Flashed the BIOS-MOD

Installed Intel NIC EXPI9301CTBLK in X1 Slot on System Board

gallery_1229_27_166126.jpg

 

Secure 128GB SSD in ODD with Electrical Tape -- SSD attached to System Board ODD SATA Port (I could have used any HDD or SSD in this space -- the Crucial M4 128GB SSD is reliable & was handy and it's fast -- I wanted to install the OS drive in the ODD space to keep the main 4 drive cage free for data HDD's for testing later on.....)

gallery_1229_27_152529.jpg

 

Boot MicroServer

Hit F10 to go into Boot Menu

[Disable] Embedded NIC Port 1 Control (in Boot Sub-menu)  

gallery_1229_27_62993.jpg

 

[Disable] Wake-On LAN (In Boot Sub-Menu) -- probably didn't need -- done mostly for luck

gallery_1229_27_151094.jpg

 

[Disable] Atheros AR8132M NIC (in Chipset Sub-Menu) -- probably don't need -- done mostly for luck

gallery_1229_27_70411.jpg

 

[Disable] NEC USB3.0 Controller (in Chipset Sub-Menu) -- probably didn't need -- done mostly for luck

gallery_1229_27_199534.jpg

 

Save configuration and exit Setup

 

Install S2012E-R2 Preview

 

gallery_1229_27_43009.jpg

 

 

 

I've been spending some time today with my "learning experience" with Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview loaded on my N40L MicroServer --

 

I found NO WAY to enable the on-board NIC in the MicroServer -- everytime I tried it would lock up S2012E-R2P after Reboot when I exited the BIOS Setup Utility.

 

It does work with the single Intel NIC (see above)

 

For messing with Hyper-V I felt I should have two NIC's available so I took out the single NIC and installed a Intel Dual NIC and it works very well as you can see in Server Manager:

 

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EDIT 8-9-2013:  HSS-Dave has confirmed that the Syba Dual Port NIC SY-PEX24028 also performs well in a N54L (and likely a N40L as well) with Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview.

Edited by Joe_Miner

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Mr_Smartepants

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 Gigabit Server Adapter
 
I'm willing to bet $$ that Microsoft injected a generic Broadcom driver into the R2 .iso and because the Microserver NIC is their own adapter (based on the Broadcom chip), it's getting falsely identified during setup.
So two things need to happen at R2 release:
1) Broadcom needs to update their generic driver - or - Microsoft needs to remove/modify the build-in generic driver.
2) HP needs to make a WS2012r2 NIC driver available.
 
In case anyone is interested, here's the full HWID list:

 

=========== 
PCI Devices 
=========== 
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4384&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_40\3&11583659&0&A4: ATI I/O Communications Processor PCI Bus Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4385&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_42\3&11583659&0&A0: ATI I/O Communications Processor SMBus Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_40\3&11583659&0&88: AMD SATA Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4396&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&92: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4396&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&9A: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4396&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&B2: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4397&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&90: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4397&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&98: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4397&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&B0: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_439D&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_40\3&11583659&0&A3: PCI standard ISA bridge
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9712&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\4&3944EA1F&0&2808: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1200&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&11583659&0&C0: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1201&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&11583659&0&C1: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1202&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&11583659&0&C2: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1203&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&11583659&0&C3: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1204&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&11583659&0&C4: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_9601&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&00: PCI standard host CPU bridge
PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_9606&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&30: PCI Express standard Root Port
PCI\VEN_103C&DEV_9602&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_00\3&11583659&0&08: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_165B&SUBSYS_705D103C&REV_10\28924AFFFE32065400: HP NC107i PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter
20 matching device(s) found.


=========== 
USB Devices 
=========== 
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&107F2CCF&0                                   : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&1E188402&0                                   : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&F27214F&0                                    : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&1D158D8E&0                                 : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&2DA6F0C&0                                  : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&43433E3&0                                  : USB Root Hub
USB\VID_051D&PID_0002\BB0449006225__                        : American Power Conversion USB UPS
7 matching device(s) found.


============= 
Input Devices 
============= 
HID\VID_051D&PID_0002\6&27F0A219&0&0000                     : APC UPS
1 matching device(s) found.


============ 
ACPI Devices 
============ 
ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_AMD64_FAMILY_16_MODEL_6_-_AMD_TURION™_II_NEO_N54L_DUAL-CORE_PROCESSOR\_1: AMD Turion(tm) II Neo N54L Dual-Core Processor
ACPI\AUTHENTICAMD_-_AMD64_FAMILY_16_MODEL_6_-_AMD_TURION™_II_NEO_N54L_DUAL-CORE_PROCESSOR\_2: AMD Turion(tm) II Neo N54L Dual-Core Processor
ACPI\FIXEDBUTTON\2&DABA3FF&2                                : ACPI Fixed Feature Button
ACPI\PNP0000\4&297D6491&0                                   : Programmable interrupt controller
ACPI\PNP0100\4&297D6491&0                                   : System timer
ACPI\PNP0103\4&297D6491&0                                   : High precision event timer
ACPI\PNP0200\4&297D6491&0                                   : Direct memory access controller
ACPI\PNP0800\4&297D6491&0                                   : System speaker
ACPI\PNP0A08\0                                              : PCI bus
ACPI\PNP0B00\4&297D6491&0                                   : System CMOS/real time clock
ACPI\PNP0C01\1                                              : System board
ACPI\PNP0C02\0                                              : Motherboard resources
ACPI\PNP0C02\10                                             : Motherboard resources
ACPI\PNP0C02\11                                             : Motherboard resources
ACPI\PNP0C02\14                                             : Motherboard resources
ACPI\PNP0C04\4&297D6491&0                                   : Numeric data processor
ACPI\PNP0C0C\AA                                             : ACPI Power Button
ACPI_HAL\PNP0C08\0                                          : Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
ROOT\ACPI_HAL\0000                                          : ACPI x64-based PC
19 matching device(s) found.


============ 
 HDA Audio 
============ 
No matching devices found.


============ 
RAID Devices 
============ 
PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_40\3&11583659&0&88
    Name: AMD SATA Controller
    Hardware ID's:
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&SUBSYS_1609103C&REV_40
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&SUBSYS_1609103C
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&CC_010601
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&CC_0106
    Compatible ID's:
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&REV_40
        PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391
        PCI\VEN_1002&CC_010601
        PCI\VEN_1002&CC_0106
        PCI\VEN_1002
        PCI\CC_010601
        PCI\CC_0106
1 matching device(s) found.


 

 

 

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diehard

MR Smartepants,

I got my R2 Essentials server working on my N40L with a 3rd party nic. Then I enabled the built in nic in the BIOS and booted into Safe Mode. That works. Now I can see HP's nic driver error. No matter which driver I try from Broadcom, it fails. So we'll have to see when Broadcom updates their driver. 

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ikon

Yeah, pretty much what we were talking about earlier. Hopefully, it's fixed by RTM.

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