What 2008 server download to use for USC or OpenManage?

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I would like to install Windows Server Standard 2008 on a Dell R610. On the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service page, there are several versions. I think I need one of these:

          o Windows Server Standard 2008 R2
          o Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 with SP1
          o Windows Server Standard 2008
          o Windows Server Standard 2008 with Service Pack 2

Basically, I need a version that will work with the Dell USC or OpenManage during the assisted OS install. Will they all work? Each one takes a long time download.
Question by:NVIT
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    Accepted Solution

    First you need to get one with SP1, so you don't have to install that yourself. If your CPU is 32bit only (very unlikely), you'll have to get the non R2 version, if it is 64bit, then get the R2 version, as R2 is only available as a 64bit OS. Of course it also depends on your License, is it for R2 or not?

    Any version should be installable via OpenManage.
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    Author Comment


    Thank you for responding.

    Yes, I have a license for R2.

    Does OpenManage run on a bare system? If not, I think I can use USC.
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    Assisted Solution

    There should be a bootable openmanage DVD or CD that came with the server, and with that you setup the array and start the OS installation.
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    you will want the one with the most recent service pack
    2008R2 w/sp1 or 2008 w/sp2
    if your licensing allows get 2008R2
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks, Rindi! I installed 2008 R2 via OpenManage.

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