HP Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM on a DELL Poweredge ?


A client has a Dell Poweredge 2900 Server with dual e5420 2.5 GHz quadcore Xeons, 8GB RAM, running on Windows Server 2003 (32bit)
There are currently a max of five users connected to it to access the Sage applications (500 & 1000) that are installed on it (uses MS-SQL Server).
I would like to allow more users to access this server (<=10)
I have suggested that we upgrade to Windows 2008 R2, and add more disk

The foundation licence seems like a good option
The upside is that it is cheap, it will recognize the full 8GB RAM,and  I don't need to buy CALs
Downside is that the second processor won't be utilized

My question is the following:

My supplier, Techdata, doesn't offer DELL OEM versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation, but it does have HP versions

Can I install an HP OEM version of this OS on a DELL server ?
I heard that these OEM versions detect the server's BIOS now and won't install on a different manufacturer's hardware

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Oem versions will not validate on other oem platforms.

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