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I purchased a number of high spec, fast HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF computers for our school. I had planned to use 1 of them as a domain controller (Server 2012 R2 standard)
I have invested in a large fast HD and 16 GB RAM.

But I have just discovered that there are no HP drivers supporting Server 2012 R2 for these SFF machines. I spoke to support people at HP and the only thing they suggested was that I could find Intel drivers for each component and try them.

I have installed Server 2012 R2 on one of the HP Elite 8300 SFF and I see that the only thing that shows a problem under the Device Manager is:

"PCI Serial Port"
"PCI simple communications controller"

However from my limited understanding, drivers are important for the "optimum" performance of devices and to fix "bugs".

How realistic is it for me to find Intels own Server 2012 drivers for the components on this PC?  Or is it a waste of time?

Which are the most important and needed??
Chipset?
Storage?
Network? (even though it is already working)

I need advice from someone who really knows a lot about drivers.

The alternative is that I must buy a new server and hard disks and memory, etc..
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by:mikey
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Hi Alistair,

You'll struggle to find server drivers for a desktop machine
However in my experience your best bet will be use the equivalent desktop drivers so for 2012 use windows 8 drivers. Which I see are available on the HP website.

My experience of this comes from bending server builds onto laptops.

As for most important driver - chipset.
As this will use most of the correct drivers for the important devices on the motherboard.
As for the network driver - if it ain't broke then it'll be fine.

Realistically - it should be fine - the DC isn't going to be the hard hit machine in the system except when everybody is logging on and you can always add further DC's.

If it were a file server this might be a different matter but it depends on the load you are expecting.
I was involved a few years ago in deploying new server equipment in primary schools the whole file, dc and app server ran off one smallish dell server (T600) with a host and 4 vm's. The server ran fine - the networks caused the most problems having been thrown together from old equipment.

The only way is to put it all together and test out the general response times etc . But I reckon you'll be ok.
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by:Alistair7
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Thanks Mikey

Helpful comments.  This machine will be a domain controller, file server, WSUS, Norman Antivirus distribution server for around 100 clients.

Interesting what you said about win 8 drivers - I asked the HP support guy about using win 8 drivers.  He thought that would not work or give problems.  Not sure how experienced he was.  Any comments?

I thought you would say chipset.

I have a good fast Gigabit network.
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mikey earned 2000 total points
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It should be fairly quick to find out if you are going to be stuck with a brick.
By setting up a couple of the servers and watching the traffic through put. You'll know early on if the drivers are any good as either they won't load or they won't perform well and be laggy and jerky - your looking for smooth operation.

The chipset driver will also be available on the intel website.
The support guy will be protecting himself because that's the company line.
How often have you heard make sure your drivers are up to date! and update them if you are having a problem.

I honestly think they'll work fine - it will take some time, trial and error to get a good build but I think's doable with the equipment you have already.
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by:Alistair7
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ok Mikey

Thanks very much for your time and help.
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by:khalid ibrahim
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i have hp compaq elite 8300 sff, i install win server 2003 on it, but i face driver installation problem, so i want to know which windows is equivalent to win server 2003, as to download/install it's drivers
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by:mikey
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Hi Khalid,

Win Server 2003 is the server equivalent of Windows XP.
Amazingly, looking at the HP site, HP have produced some XP drivers for this PC.
http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5232663&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=1093 
Give those ago.
However, Win Server 2003 is now an old OS you would be better running at least Server 2008
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by:khalid ibrahim
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Thanks a lot dear,,,
Yah i know win server 2003 is very old but as long as am using a pc as a server so am thinking 2003 will be light for it
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