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.