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Proliant DL380e Gen8 @ Windows 2019

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Proliant DL380e Gen8 @ Windows 2019

I have an order to upgrade my existing HP Proliant DL380e Gen8 server to latest MS Windows 2019,
my dream was to use Intelligent Provisioning to boot up and use WIN2019.ISO file from USB media
to install fresh copy of operatin system with all drivers included automatically

of course I have to upgrade all levels of firmware first,
so I upgraded BIOS to P73 @ 2018.05.21 (25 Jun 2018)
also upgraded iLO 4 to 2.70 (14 May 2019)
and Intelligent Provisioning to 1.71 (21 Feb 2019)

but, unfortinately, no luck! Windows 2019 is still unsupported by HP
for installation throw Intelligent Provisioning on Gen8 servers ((
by the way, it is soon 1 year after Windows 2019 was released...

dear HP Professionals, any plans on developing 
Intelligent Provisioning to support Windows 2019
on HP Proliant Gen8 servers?
(to my knowladge Win2019 is supported on Gen10 Intelligent Provisioning since Feb 2019)

best regards,


Frequent Advisor

Re: Proliant DL380e Gen8 @ Windows 2019

Hi Tallinn,

Windows Server 2019 is not certified for DL380e Gen8 , Hence its officially unsupported by HPE.

Though WS 2019 will still run on DL380e Gen8 models , However not all features will work as expected. 


Gen9 & Gen10 are officially supported for Windows Server 2019.

I work for HPE
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Re: Proliant DL380e Gen8 @ Windows 2019

When we try to install Windows Server 2019 on the very similar model Dl380p G8, the Windows setup is aksing for the Smart Array Controller driver and no matter which version we try to feed it, it just doesn't accpept it. We would like to put our old servers to good use for a testing platform, so all we really need is a working driver for the P420i controller. Any recommendations?

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Re: Proliant DL380e Gen8 @ Windows 2019

Funny, we started over and used this time an older ISO of Windows Server 2019 which is dated November 14. 2018. With that ISO the installation went through without even asking for a driver. No that's weird...

Anyway, Windows Server 2019 is successfully installed on a HP DL380p G8 and was then easily updated via Windows updates to the most recent patch level.

We are now to install the HP SPP, using the most recent Updates for Windows Server 2016, where many of them prolly just work for Windows Server 2019.

Hope someone finds this info helpful, as we have been searching the whole morning for a solution.