Windows Server 2012 has been released to Manufacturing (RTM), with this announcement we are eager to reveal the list of Dell Server that will support Windows Server 2012. These servers have under gone rigorous testing and support most of the Windows Server 2012 offered features.
Below is a list of our 11th & 12th Generation server that officially supports Windows Server 2012. The table below lists the support status for various features offered by Windows Server 2012 on Dell Server Platforms.
For more technical information about WS2012, visit the Windows Server 2012 wiki page on Dell TechCenter.
11th Generation of Servers
Consumed Memory Error
Collaborative processor performance counters
Logical Processor Idling
Consistent Device Naming
PowerEdge R210 II
PowerEdge T110 II
Note: * means SR-IOV is supported only on Generation II servers using Intel Xeon 56xx CPU models
12th Generation of Servers
PowerEdge R720 XD
Note: * This feature is only supported on Dell’s 12th Generation 4 Socket Server which supports Intel Sandy Bridge EP-4600 Series 4P processors.
For more details on the above listed features, refer to the glossary section below.
Below table shows the Drivers and Dell Open Manage support on our 11th & 12th Generations of Servers.
Dell Open Manage Support
All of the above 11th Generations Servers
In-box and Out-of-box
OM 7.1: Limited, OM7.2: Full
All of the above 12th Generations Servers
To see the list of Dell supported device drivers that are already in-box in the operating system, refer to the blog titled Windows Server 2012 Inbox Driver Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers. To see the list of all the out of box drivers that will be released by Dell, refer to this blog Dell out of Box Driver.
All of the above listed servers have been certified under the “Certified for Windows Server 2012” Logo Category. More info on these servers can be found under the Windows Server catalog website.
We have a few more Dell Server from our 9th and 10th Generation that does support Windows Server 2012, but these have not been certified for Windows Server 2012. These have been successfully tested and validated with this operating system and meet the support requirement of this Operating System. These Servers have full Dell Open Manage Support and all of the device drivers are native inside the Operating system. See the below table for more details on the drivers and Open Manage support.
9th Generation of Servers
Dell Support definition
PowerEdge 1950 III
PowerEdge 2900 III
PowerEdge 2950 III
10th Generation of Servers
Dell Support Definition
Dell Qualified: Dell™ Engineering has successfully tested and validated the current and immediately preceding released operating system (OS) version on Dell PowerEdge™ Servers. Dell adheres to all published partner test plans to ensure OS compatibility and provides full technical support for the Dell hardware components running on the OS. Dell Qualified systems have Open Manage support.
Dell Supported: Dell™ Engineering has tested this operating system (OS) version on Dell PowerEdge Servers to ensure OS compatibility. While most OS features work as expected on this platform, some certification tests could not be completed successfully. These findings are documented at Dell.com/ostechsheets. Dell Supported systems may not have Open Manage support. Updated drivers may not be available from Dell for these systems.
Consumed Memory Error: This is a new feature available on 4-socket Intel-based systems called “Consumed Memory Error.” This new features helps you achieve a higher level of resiliency by consuming and isolating memory errors to specific VMs that can be taken offline while other VMs remain online.
Collaborative processor performance counters: CPPC leverages the existing Dell Active Power Controller (DAPC) infrastructure and adds operating system “hints” to set the proper P-states for the processors. Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers support CPPC
Logical Processor Idling (LPI): LPI is collaborative interface between platform and OS that helps to improve the energy efficiency of a system.
Consistent Device Naming (CDN): This is a standard for naming Ethernet adapters in the operating system. It allows hardware vendors to consistently name NICs in the BIOS which mean Windows Server 2012 can read this information from the BIOS and name NICs the same in the OS.
SR-IOV: The SR-IOV feature (Single Root - I/O Virtualization) in Windows Server 2012 allows a virtual machine to communicate directly to a network adapter resulting in enhanced throughput.
For more details on the above listed features, refer to this blog Windows Server 2012 Power Enhancement and Hardware Error Recovery on Dell platforms
This post was originally written by Tilak Sidduram from DELL Enterprise Operating System Engineering Team. Comments are welcome! To suggest a blog topic or make other comments, contact WinServerBlogs@dell.com