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My Server was getting a bit old so I bought a new MB thinking that the onboard Intel Lan port would be supported, but no, it is not. It is the i218 chip and apparently does not work in 2012R2, so does anyone have any recommendation for an add on LAN card that works??

 

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Don

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Well, of course, wouldn't you know it, I've got the -V. So back to the original question, anyone know which cards are supported? I would hate to buy another card and it not work either.

 

Thanks Schoondoggy for the suggestion anyway. And just to be clear about what I tried, after loading the -LM drivers, I sucessfully linstalled 2012 R2 but on the first reboot it error-ed out with a generic windows hardware failure.

 

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Sorry about that!

This is my default NIC:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1XA5402

 

BUT, now that I think about it I don't know if I have actually tried it with Server 2012R2.

Review from NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/SingleProductReview.aspx?ReviewID=3994539

 

If you do not need the LP bracket, these guys have them for $15 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Gigabit-CT-PCI-e-Desktop-Network-Adapter-EXPI9301CTBLK-/151570193136?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234a499af0

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Probably not the best advice but if you don't want to waste a perfectly good on-board NIC, there's a way for that to support a server OS: http://nerdanswer.com/answer.php?q=731179

 

Intel NIC cards that support Windows Server 2012r2: http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-034449.htm

 

I personally have an Intel PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter (EXPI9400PT). I believe this model is already EoL but can be bought for peanuts from eBay. There are also models with 2 or 4-ports (requires PCIe x4 slots)

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It's easy to get the 218-V working in Server 2012R2.  My server uses that chip, works no problems.  Just need to copy and paste a few lines in the .inf file in the driver files, and job jobbed.  Intel just disabled the 218V for use in Server OS so people would be suckered in to spending $80 on a 'real' Intel NIC.

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My Server was getting a bit old so I bought a new MB thinking that the onboard Intel Lan port would be supported, but no, it is not. It is the i218 chip and apparently does not work in 2012R2, so does anyone have any recommendation for an add on LAN card that works??

 

Thanks

 

Don

 

You could look at what I did to get the Intel 82579V to work in Server's -- I suspect the same procedure would work though I haven't tried it with thei218:

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4025-intel-82579v-nic-on-ga-z77x-ud5h-and-other-motherboards-with-server-oss/

 

http://homeservershow.com/installing-server-2012-rc-on-the-gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h.html

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I have tried all the hacks listed above but every time I try a hack it works initially but as soon as I reboot the server I get an error and I get a screen that I cannot get past. One of the options is to go into safe mode and load a different drive but even then it woll not sucessfully load into safe mode so the only option is to reload Server 2012 R2, so I reload it and try a different hack.

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