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windows server 2012 fails on HP N54L microserver

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  • Hi

    I am setting up windows 2012 ess. RC 2 on a bog standard 2Gb RAM HP proliant N54L Microserver. All goes well until I reach the setting up devices stage, where it stops at 83%. The animation continues, but nothing further happens even when left all night.

    If I just hit power reset, the server complains it wasn't set up properly, and prompts me to do a repair.

    The only change I have made to the server is to install 2 x 1Tb drives, which are seen ok in BIOS. Bare, new, drives.

    Any thoughts please? I've removed the USB media after first boot, and the BIOS is at defaults except for RAID being selected (128Mb Video as default)

    Regards

    John

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:52 AM

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  • Hi Jon,

    Other similar threads report this is because the driver for the built-in Broadcom NIC is apparently not on the R2 DVD. The workaround is to disable the NIC in the BIOS before installation.

    I'm not yet clear if it works once R2 is installed and the NIC re-enabled. Looking at this myself tomorrow.

    Hth,

    Richard S.


    RS

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:17 PM
  • Hi again John,

    This thread seems to have got to the bottom of the issue, and offers a fix (not yet tried).

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5734-anyone-successfully-install-server-2012-r2-essentials-on-a-microserver/

    Richard S


    RS

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:30 PM
  • I haven't been able to get either Server 2012 R2 Preview or Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview to install on a HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5823-stuck-install-windows-server-2012-r2-preview-on-hp-proliant-n40l-microserver/

    Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:04 AM
  • Some more information to contribute, but so far no fix.

    I successfully installed Windows Server 2012 (not R2) on my N54L. The inbuilt Broadcom NIC worked fine.

    Here are the details of the driver:

    Broadcom NetExtreme Gigabit Ethernet, b57nd60a.sys, Broadcom Corporation, 14.8.1.12.

    I then tried an upgrade to Windows Server 2012R2. This failed after a while "Setup has encountered an error and cannot continue".

    I think next I will dump the above driver out of 2012 (not R2) to a stick, try a clean install with the NIC disabled and see if I can persuade R2 to accept that driver.


    RS

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:41 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Joe_Miner Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:26 PM
    Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:26 PM
  • Hi Richard

    Basically if you read the thread carefully some alternatives are suggested but none of them actually get the specific build Server 2012 Ess. R2 working. This doesn't preclude me dropping back to an earlier candidate of Windows 2012 I suppose, although I'm not sure where I'd get this now.

    The overall net opinion seems to be that MS changed something in the last release which has caused the software to recognise the Broadcom NIC incorrectly. This means that when you install, it either locks up at 83-84% of detecting devices, or crashes when you try and manually install the driver during the build process.

    Either way, no dice. Fingers crossed HP come up with something soon.

    Thanks

    John

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:27 PM
  • Hi John:

    I got it to install without issue see: http://homeservershow.com/successful-install-windows-server-2012-essentials-r2-preview-onto-hp-proliant-n40l-microserver.html -- you will need to disable the on-board NIC in the BIOS first -- and use either an Intel single or dual port PCIe card NIC or a Syba Dual port NIC PCIe card as described at: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5734-anyone-successfully-install-server-2012-r2-essentials-on-a-microserver/?p=65439

    Best regards,

    Joe

    • Proposed as answer by Joe_Miner Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:54 PM
    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:53 PM
  • Hi Joe

    Yes, that's the dilemma I suppose. Do I go and buy another NIC or wait for HP? I've a feeling it might be a long wait based on previous experience.

    I suppose NICs are not that expensive, but it does grate a bit that what looks on the surface to be a fairly simple correction by MS is such a struggle. On the plus side I could use a dual port card to extend my LAN to the Sky box rather than run 2 LAN cables from the router... what did you buy in the end?

    Regards

    John

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7:05 AM
  • John:

    If you planned to work in Hyper-V you would need another NIC anyway for your Hyper-V Clients running under your S2012R2EP host.  We do know that the Syba Dual Port NIC PCIe SY-PEX24028 will work and it's only ~$34 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833328022 which isn't much more than the Intel Single NIC I first used -- an Intel EXPI9301CTBLK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=33-106-033&Tpk=N82E16833106033  -- I also tested it with an Intel Dual Port NIC that I pulled out of one of my other Servers http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/gigabit-network-adapters/pro-1000-pt-dp.html and it works well with that too but the Intel dual Port NIC is a lot more expensive.  So, bottom line -- the above 3 NIC's work -- other's may also and as we find out about them we'll update the Forum posting I gave you earlier.

    Best regards,

    Joe

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:33 PM
  • Thanks Joe

    That is a very helpful post. Although this is a not for a business server, I will be running business services to train myself so had considered a dual NIC. Dual NICs over here always seem vastly more expensive than the US, but I did stumble across the SD-PEX24033 on amazon.co.uk. for £25 which is also Syba, and also claims W8 compatability (something many of the dual NICs do not claim). Just some reservations about the PCI spacing and the availability of a low profile bracket.

    Regards

    John

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:38 PM
  • Ah some good news - I downloaded the latest 2012 server beta from here:https://login.live.com/login.srf?wa=wsignin1.0&rpsnv=11&ct=1376571039&rver=6.0.5276.0&wp=MCMBI&wreply=https%3a%2f%2fprofile.microsoft.com%2fRegSysProfileCenter%2fwizard.aspx%3fwizid%3d6bf26512-fff3-46af-b812-c71d512142bb%26lcid%3d2057&lc=2057&cb=LCID%3d2057%26WizID%3d6bf26512-fff3-46af-b812-c71d512142bb%26brand%3dmicrosoft%26subbrand%3dprofile%2bcenter&id=74335&cbid=50861&mkt=en-gb

    It hesitated at 84% as usual, but now after a few minutes, it goes on and installs! The NIC is recognised as an HP Nc701i from memory. It seems complete so I'm going to start configuring.

    NB: I don't know if it made any difference (it didn't with the last beta) but I used the special folder mentioned in a forum that Joe posted above, and a USB stick.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice.

    John

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:55 PM