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problem with windows 2012 on a proliant dl320 g4 and ml370 g3

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I try to install windows 2012 on a proliant dl320 g4 and proliant ml370 g3. Is there a solution? I even tried to make an upgrade from Windows 2008, but Windows 2012 allways restarts without loading the Operating System. Even a  try to enter in safe Modus is not possible.
If it not works, is it a matter of the processor or something else?.
Thank you for any Suggestion.

Mike
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Are you just playing around for hobby? Or is this going to be a production server. I wouldn't trust hardware older than 3 years for business use, and you just mentioned some 10+ years old hardware!
So not only is the age a problem, Windows 2012 is having the problem too, and so are hardware requirements (how to upgrade such old stuff?)
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Sorry, I forgot to mention, that of course, I intend to use these servers only for testing and evaluation purposes. So, under this point of view, may be someone will be able to share his experience trying to install windows 2012 on such server modells. Thanks for any suggestions.
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I didn't check yet, but if you already know your CPU's were from the 32 bits era, then there's no way around it.
If you don't know, give me the exact CPU type/model.
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Hi Kimputer, here are the specs of the processors:

1. Proliant ML370G3  gcssrv2 win2003 SAP Server Ausfallserver
CPU Typ      2x Intel Xeon, 2400 MHz (24 x 100) (FSB Speed 533 MHz) -> x86, MMX, SSE, SSE2, CPU Name Prestonia

2. Proliant DL320G4 gcssr5 win2008SBS Testserver
CPU Typ      DualCore Intel Pentium D 820, 2800 MHz (14 x 200) LGA 775 (FSB 800 MHz)
-> x86, x86-64, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, CPU Name

Thank you for your advices and suggestions.

Mike
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Prestonia is really 32 bits. That's definitely a NO GO.
The Pentium D820 is 64 bits, and theoretically should be able to install Windows 2012, but the HP motherboard may have influences on it as well (maybe some hardware isn't  detected correctly and the setup stops somewhere). Windows 2012 may have some unforeseen effects on 10 year old hardware.
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Thank you,
Concerning the Proliant DL320G4 with the D 820, is Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 able to detect hardware compatibility problems when I install it on a Windows 2008 or 2011 server on this machine ? Or do you know some other method of testing this compatibility?
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No, the toolkit does not account for the millions and millions of combinations with hardware. The best way to test it, is to just install it, fresh install (try it with the system as bare is possible, no add in cards, pci, pci-e, no USB, just remove everything you don't need at that time, you can try to add them later).
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Ok, Thank you for your suggestions.
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