Replacement for Intel S2600 CP server board that is fully compatible with Server 2016 and will accept CPUs & RAM in S2600CP board

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I have an Intel S2600CP server board in my lab that is currently running Windows Server 2012 R2.

I need to replace this server board with another Intel Server board that:

- Is fully compatible with Server 2016

- Will accept the two CPUs & RAM currently being used in the Intel S2600CP server board.

What are some Intel server boards that will be able to do this?

Please let me know if any further information is needed.

Attached is the manual and service manual for the Intel S2600CP server board.

g26942005_s2600cp_p4000cp_tps_rev19.pdf
g54899001-s2600cp-p4000cp-sg-r1-3.pdf
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Top Expert 2014
Commented:
According to Intel's website this board will do, https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/motherboards/server-motherboards/server-board-s2600cp.html - the link on that page for tested OSs lists Windows Server 2016 Standard/Datacenter.

Yes, it's the board you already have so what's the problem, maybe there's a workaround.
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The problem is that whenever I have had Server 2016 Standard or Server 2016 Data Center OS installed the OS bluescreens at least a couple times a day (including while the OS is running idly and isn't really doing anything).

This has continued to happen even though the Server board has had the latest BIOS update installed (Version: 02.06.0006).

I have installed Server 2016 several times and these blue screens continue to happen.

But then when I go back to running Server 2012 R2 on this server board everything works fine and there are no problems or blue screens at all.

I would prefer to keep this existing Intel S2600cp server system board and run Server 2016 on it if possible.

Are there any special BIOS or other configurations, settings, or changes that need to be done so that this server board will run Server 2016 without having any problems or blue screening?
Are you running Server 2016 as a Host or as a VM?
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Top Expert 2016
Commented:
you really have to get the minidumps and analyse them or upload the minidumps here and have the experts look, it may be a driver issue
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Server 2016 is being run as the Host OS.
I realize that this doesn't address your question directly, but I'd suggest setting it up as a VM for many reasons aside from the present one you are facing.

With that said, I agree with David's comment that it could be very valuable to analyze the actual cause of the problem.  It may or may not come back if you are using Server 2016 as a simple host for the VM.

You could use 2012R2 as the host with a 2016 VM inside of it.  While that will likely work, I'd want to try to resolve the basic issue first.
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I need to setup a Server 2016 Hypver-V base server that will have Server 2016 virtual servers.
Exactly... depending on what is causing the blue screens, the base server may or may not have the same problem.
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
Time to close this as you found out it doesn't crash without the 4-port USB card in it.
@andyalder: I'm not seeing any comments about 4-port USB cards.  Where did I miss it?
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
Not in this question but in a new one, they pulled a USB card out and it stopped blue screening. https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29077908/PCI-Express-USB-3-card-with-4-USB-3-ports-fully-compatible-with-Intel-S2600cp-server-board-running-Server-2016-DataCenter.html

Probably sloppy PCIe signal timings, PCIe 3 is especially susceptible to [nominally zero] voltage floating out of range. 8b/10b encoding is pretty solid, 128b/130b floats like a lead balloon.
Got it..... makes sense now!
Top Expert 2014

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Oh, and I win as they asked for a board that could replace S2600CP and was compatible with Win2016 and I suggested another S2600CP ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14IRDDnEPR4
Wasn't it determined earlier that the S2600CP IS compatible with Server 2016?

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