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Old 04-22-2011, 07:18 AM   #1
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We're building a small server based on a socket 1155 chip. Made the mistake of buying an Intel motherboard - which says it won't install Win Server 2008 on a desktop motherboard.
I'm now looking at buying an Asus motherboard instead, maybe the P8H67-M PRO for example.
Does anyone have any experience of this ?
Will be installing Small Business Server 2011, which is Server 2008 R2 inside.

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gentle bump, maybe nobody saw this over the weekend ?

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Old 04-26-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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Just looked at the specs and ASUS doesn't mention the OS's it'll run. Perhaps that's why you didn't get any responses. I guess you could contact ASUS or wait until someone here notices your post.

ASUS does make good products and are highly regarded.
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I've installed Server 2008 on many different types of motherboards, a lot of them Intel OEM boards. Unless that specific board has no drivers that work for 2008 I'm not sure why it wouldn't work.
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What CPU do you intend to use?
I doubt the H67 will have server drivers.
The P7F-X will however
Newegg.com - ASUS P7F-X LGA 1156 Intel 3420 ATX Intel Xeon 3400 series / Core i7-800 series / Core i5-700 series Server Motherboard
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Thanks all for the responses today, appreciated.
I had decided on a socket 1155 chip, because it seemed better specced than 1156 or 775 ones. We bought a i3-2100 chip and an Intel Woodworth motherboard. Then I was told there are no 2008 drivers for this, Intel doesn't support Windows Server versions on desktop motherboards.
Still trying to decide the best way to proceed.
I see tonight a post elsewhere listing Intel drivers, so will find out tomorrow if any of them will help. What happens is that when installing Windows Server, it stops because there are no Lan drivers, cannot continue.

Yes I know we're trying to make a decent server on the cheap, but that's what DIY technology is all about.
We did this same job successfully recently, but with a 775 processor and motherboard and had no problems.

Thanks wrench97 for the link. I've been looking at the P7F-E and the P7F-C boards today, but didn't see that one listed at our supplier.
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Some have had success using the Windows 7 drivers, I believe you may have to mod the INF file, but then I've seen reports that was not needed.

Brand new tech is always more expensive and harder to work with until everyone works out all the nuances and bugs> Newegg.com - ASUS P8B-C/4L LGA 1155 Intel C202 ATX Intel Xeon E3-1200 / Core i3-2100 / Core G8X0 / Core G6X0 Series Processor Server Motherboard
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What we did yesterday was install a Netgear gigabit Lan card, and the Windows installation started working fine with that.
Not yet finished, but it seems to have solved that problem.
Annoying that we now have used up the only PCI slot on that board, will maybe try to change it later for a PCIexpress one. Hoping that won't mess up the DNS etc if we replace after all that's set up.

This is an Intel processor and an Intel motherboard. But it needed a Netgear card to make it work. In my mind, that's just Intel trying to force us to pay 2 or 3 times as much for a "server motherboard" as opposed to a "desktop motherboard".

Many thanks again for all the input.
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Good to heat you have it up and running, thanks for sharing the solution.

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