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Installing Windows 2012 R2 on ProLiant DL180 G6

Byron Persino
Occasional Contributor

Installing Windows 2012 R2 on ProLiant DL180 G6

I have two ProLiant DL180 G6 that I am trying to upgrade from Windows 2008 R2 SP1 to Windows 2012 R2.  I was successfully able to install it on one server, but on the other server, Windows 2012 did not install. The upgrade fails towards the end of the process.  It does the usual prep work, copies files etc. successfully.  It gets stuck at the Windows logo and rotating dots appear.
I understand that this server is not supported with Windows 2012 R2 from HP, but I am willing to go unsupported if I can get Windows 2012 on it.

 

Server Details:
ProLiant DL180 G6
BIOS Version/Date = HP O20, 7/1/2013

 

The only difference between the two servers are the processor.

 

Successful upgrade
Processor = Intel Xeon CPU E5606

 

Failed Upgrade
Processor = Intel Xeon CPU E5504

 

Any idea why this would occur?  I have tried to disable the embedded Nics and install the OS through ILO, but it still fails.

1 REPLY
waaronb
Respected Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2012 R2 on ProLiant DL180 G6

Are you doing an *upgrade* install, or are you doing a fresh install of the OS onto new, empty partitions?

 

I did some updates on some Proliants from 2008 R2 to 2012 R1 and R2 and it went okay, but I was making sure that I uninstalled certain things ahead of time like the NCU and there are also some drivers that are different for the 2008/2012 OS (most are the same, but some like the SAS driver or some chipset drivers are different... that might not apply to a DL180 G6 though).

 

If an update doesn't work, try a fresh install and see how that goes.  There could just be some software incompatibility unrelated to the hardware.

 

I've installed Windows 2012 R2 on a variety of DL360 G5, DL380 G5, DL360 G6, etc. and although not technically supported, they all worked.