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What you need to know about Windows UEFI for ProLiant Gen9 servers


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By Lucy Ellis

WW Product Marketing Manager at Hewlett-Packard


HP ProLiant Gen9 is an integral part of HP’s Compute portfolio, embodying the key Compute principles of convergence, software-defined, cloud-ready, and workload optimization. Specifically, it delivers better software-defined and cloud-ready capabilities with HP OneView enhancements, UEFI, and RESTful API, and integrations with Microsoft® software tools. Today we are going to take a closer look at Gen9’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).


If you have recently upgraded your SMB customers’ servers to HP ProLiant Gen9 (or you soon will be), you may be wondering how to get the Gen9 servers up and running with improved security and using industry standard interfaces. Fortunately, the answer is simple.


Each member of the HP ProLiant Gen9 Server family will default on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This industry standard set of interfaces between the system firmware, operating system, and various components of the system firmware, will deliver enhanced security benefits for your customers’ HP ProLiant Gen9 servers.


What is UEFI?

UEFI is a standard firmware interface designed to replace BIOS (basic input/output system). This standard was created by over 14 technology companies as part of the UEFI consortium and was designed to improve software interoperability and address limitations of BIOS.


With UEFI, your customers benefit from better manageability with an industry standard interface, an enhanced security feature with Secure Boot, and reduced boot time while configuring the server.


UEFI Features

  • Secure Boot for improved security authentication during server set up
  • Support for greater than 2.2TB using GPT (Global Unique Identifier Partition Table) boot drives
  • Embedded UEFI Shell and HP RESTful API for scalable server configuration
  • UEFI Boot method: IPv4 and IPv6 PXE Boot, PXE Multicast Boot
  • USB 3.0 Stack





What you need to know about Windows UEFI Part Numbers for Gen9

HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers will support Legacy boot and UEFI boot mode, with the UEFI BIOS as the default setting on Gen9.


New UEFI Pre-Installed part numbers for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 are now available as an option for customers who want to take advantage of this new capability. These part numbers will be easily identified with “UEFI” in the part number description and will not work in Legacy mode. HP Windows Server OEM Pre-Installed part numbers do not support UEFI, as they are for Gen8 and earlier server generations.


HP Windows Server OEM Not Pre-Installed (NPI) and Reseller Option Kit (ROK) part numbers are compatible with both UEFI boot mode and Legacy boot mode, meaning that Windows Server NPI and ROK part numbers are compatible with Gen9, Gen8, and previous server families.


Before the new UEFI Pre-Installed part numbers are launched, the NPI part numbers can be offered to your customers plus an optional factory installation service (at an additional cost) in case it is a customer requirement for the OS to be preinstalled on the server.


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