Is it possible to install Windows Server 2012 on a Dell PowerEdge with PERC S100 card?

Warren P asked:

According to Dell’s own website, the Windows Server 2012 media driver “inbox” does not contain drivers for the Perc S100 controller that is in a Dell PowerEdge T110 II server we’d like to evaluate with Server 2012.

I have found drivers only for Server 2008 R2, which is what the server is currently running. Is it possible to upgrade this server? (Booting up the Server 2012 DVD image leads to the expected result that it can not locate the system’s hard drives or its hard drive controller card, as the drivers for the PERC S100 are not on the installation DVD image.)

My answer:

You have two choices:

  1. Wait for Dell to support it.

  2. Try the Server 2008 R2 drivers. They will probably work, though this is probably vendor-unsupported.

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