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Looking for Laptop to run Windows Server 2012

I'm looking for a laptop that can run Windows 2012 Server.  The limitation is that it has to be made by a US corporation.  I do know that Lenovo laptops have done so and I have seen the older question about it.  I have an older Lenovo Thinkpad where I've succeeded in installing Server 2012.  Unfortunately, I can not use Lenovo because it is a Chinese company. Yes, they're all made in China, but the distinction is the parent corporate entity is in China not the US.  It's not my limitation, but the customer's requirement.  He can't be persuaded otherwise.  I'm just trying to satisfy the customer.  Please don't tell me what I already know.

Here's the old question, but that doesn't solve my issues:  https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28197326/Laptop-that-is-compatible-with-Windows-Server-2012-and-Windows-Server-2008-R2.html

I'm specifically looking for anyone with experience running Windows 2012 Server on a current model laptop, preferably one that supports at 32 GB.  I know such companies don't officially support Windows Server on laptops, such as Dell, but some people have had luck with certain models by using Windows 8 or Windows 7 drivers.  Please let me know which models you've succeeded in doing so and which you definitely haven't or if there were specific driver issues that may not have worked.

I did find one company (Eurocom) based in Canada and the US, that officially sells a Windows Server 2012 laptop with a Xeon processor and 32 GB RAM and includes RAID, but I'm looking for others.  I've seen some old questions on other sites about older model Dells, but I need experience with newer, current models.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Cliff Galiher

I have run it successfully on an HP. Any of the elite line should work. Surface Book works well as well. hP and Microsoft are both U.S. multinational corporations.
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I have run it successfully on an HP.

A current HP?  Which model?  Did you have driver issues?  Did all drivers work?
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Any laptop that can run Windows 8.1 can run windows server 2012R2. They will not be Server certified The only problem I've found is intel consumer NIC's that you have to modify the .inf files that won't run on a Server 0S.  Once the .inf file is modified they work like a charm.
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Cliff Galiher

I also mentioned Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Not sure why you ignored those.
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Have you actually run Server 2012 on Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book?  It wasn't clear in your previous post.
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Yes, absolutely. I rotate out my "demo" machine every 6 months or so that I travel and present with at conferences, and that list includes all the ones I have used over the last two years. And yes, I run Server 2012 R2 to educate and demo things like storage spaces, Hyper-V, RDS, and more. With Surface devices rumored to be out to 2017, there may be a new HP in my October/November future.
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Ok, were there any driver issues on them.
Cliff Galiher

Nope.
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What about Ethernet?  Did you test a dongle?
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I currently use the Microsoft gigabit adapter.
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I was hoping to get more input, but it looks like nobody answering this, so far, has tried this yet on a more recent Dell or HP models.  While the Surface is a possible alternative, it's only 16 GB.  I generally give some of my servers more RAM so that they will never have to SWAP and I can then turn off swap completely, and never have the system slow down.  I'll have to see if I can manage with just 16 GB before I consider closing the question.  I will also wait a few more days to see if anyone else might answer.  Thanks for your patience.
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You can try run on refurbished notebook - it's have older hardware and finding drivers may be some easier. But I'm recommend  try this laptop - http://netbookreview.net/shop/laptops/apple-laptop/dell-precision-m7510-i7-6820hq-3-6ghz-quadro-m1000m-2gb-16gb-2133mhz-fhd-1080p-512gb-ssd-nt0011/
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It's running a server, I don't want a refurb for production.  Have you tried installing Windows server 2012 on that newer Dell?
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