Windows 2008 x86 media

i have 9 HP Proliant DL380 G7 servers in production.  they are quite healthy and stable.  when they arrived approx 7 yrs ago, they came with the OS (Windows Server Std 2008 x86, not R2) already pre-installed.  the units have long outlasted their warranty and i can live with that (we have some decent spares).  however, the issue is i need the Win2008 x86 media as a former support person did not make backup media.  this is just a general question as i begin hunting for ISOs...  does anyone know if HP would grant a request to download their media (i will try)?  and would it exist anywhere else.  i have a valid VLSC login but looks like 2008 32 bit is not available for download.

second question is, would i require the HP branded media?  or would an old retail copy of Windows 2008 x86 work?

turns out the servers perform Windows Backup images to USB daily however i believe i need original Windows 2008 media to attempt a test restore.

thanks.
Andy ConnockIT CoordinatorAsked:
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Andy MInternal Systems ManagerCommented:
Hard to say with HP, usually they'd require you to have a valid support agreement with them but it doesn't hurt to give them a call and explain the situation - they may be able to help you out.

Ideally you need the same version that came with the server so the HP copy as this will have all the drivers and any pre-installed software included. Notably it would have any required RAID drivers to install the OS otherwise you'd need to find these any have them available for the install of Windows.
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
Server 2008 x86 Standard ISO can be downloaded from Microsoft Directly
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5023

Normal PCs have recovery partitions, no one provide physical media, as they are either on recovery partition and download the ISO, install and use your serial.
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Andy ConnockIT CoordinatorAuthor Commented:
thanks everyone.  i found the CD at Microsoft using the link above and this worked fine.
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
glad it worked, can you close the question and award the points? thanks.
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