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Installing Windows 7 on x3650 M5

2016-10-07, 14:03 PM

Does anybody knows if Windows 7 will work as a bare metal operating system on an x3650 M5 mod. 5462 server?

We have one customer who just bought from us this server but the software house who developed the product he wants to install is now telling him that they only support it on Windows 7.

We then proposed to put Vmware ESXi on the server and create a Windows 7 Virtual Machine but this solution was not confirmed as acceptable by the software house so we are wondering if we can install Windows 7 on bare metal, although this OS is not an officially supported by Lenovo on x3650 M5.

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 on x3650 M5

2016-10-10, 19:08 PM

Hi fziviani,

 

Just to confirm what you already know, Windows 7 has not been validated on the x3650 M5 family, and support is not available from Lenovo and most likely from 3rd party vendors as well.

 

Having said that, Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 will probably install in UEFI boot mode on the server.  During installation, you will need to specify the "Lenovo ServeRAID M Series SAS controller device driver v6.706.06.00 for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2 and 2008" before any storage devices will be detected.  Drivers for the onboard Broadcom NetXtreme adapter can be found in the "Broadcom NetXtreme v17.0.4.4 sw Gold Update CD" package and applied after Windows is installed. You would need to experiment with drivers for other hardware devices.

 

Just to set the proper expectation, mainstream support for Windows 7 is no longer provided by Microsoft, and any issues related to Windows 7 cannot be supported by Lenovo.  When issues are encountered, finding support will be very difficult.  Additionally, you may have trouble finding drivers for all server hardware components.  Security vulnerabilities should be another area of concern.  Also, since the entire RAID driver and firmware stack have not been tested with Windows 7, there may be issues with data integrity.

 

I hope this helps with your planning.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 on x3650 M5

2016-10-10, 19:29 PM

Thank you for your answers and suggestions.

We will keep trying to convince the customer to force the software house to accept the installation on a Virtual Machine but I'm pessimistic about that.

Thank you again.

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