Server systems minimum device requirements or functionality;

 

Device or Functionality

Requirement

Comments

IO Bus and Devices

System.Server.Base.SystemPCIExpress

PCI Express Root

System.Fundamentals.SystemPCIController.PCIRequirements

Various PCI Specification reqts

System.Server.Base.PCI23

Various PCI Specification reqts

System.Server.Base.HotPlugECN

Hot Plug ECN #31

System.Server.Base.PCIAER

PCI AER system requirement

Device.DevFund.Server.PCI.PCIAER

PCI AER device requirement

Memory

System.Server.Base.ECC

ECC

For more information on maximum supported memory: click here

Maximum supported memory

For more information on minimum supported memory: click here

Minimum supported memory

Processor

System.Server.Virtualization.ProcessorVirtualizationAssist

Hyper-V support

1.4 GHz 64-bit

Minimum supported processor speed

2008 – 64
2008 R2- 256
2012, 2012 R2, 2016:640

Maximum supported logical processor count

For more information on supported processors click here

Supported Processors for each operating system version

Storage

System.Server.Base.DevicePCIExpress

PCI Express

System.Server.Base.NoPATA

IDE, EIDE, ATAPI, Parallel ATA not allowed

System.Fundamentals.Firmware.Boot.SystemWithBootDeviceGreaterThan

No 2.2 TB Boot HD support for BIOS-based systems

Network

Device.Network.LAN.Base

1GigE and minimum off-load requirement

System.Server.Base.DevicePCIExpress

PCI Express

Remote Boot

System.Fundamentals.PXE.PXEBoot

PXE and.or UEFI Boot

Recovery

System.Server.Base.OSInstall

For example: DVD, PXE

Debug

System.Fundamentals.DebugPort.SystemExposesDebugInterface

For example: COM, USB, 1394

Remote & OOB Mngmt

System.Server.Base.RemoteManagement

For example: BMC, Service Processor adapter

High Precision Timer

System.Fundamentals.HAL.HPETRequired

WHEA

System.Server.WHEA.Core

Windows Hardware Error Architecture provides information on underlying hardware failures that may affect the operating system and applications

SMBIOS

System.Fundamentals.SMBIOS.SMBIOSSpecification

SMBIOS is used for or by VMM, PowerShell DSC, BMC functionality for IPMI and Redfish, debug extension !sysinfo, ACPI-to-WMI Mapper, WMI, Telemetry, WU, System Center

System.Server.SMBIOS.SMBIOS

Video

System.Server.Graphics.WDDM

Use MS-provided driver, or provide either Display only or full WDDM driver

System.Fundamentals.Graphics.MicrosoftBasicDisplayDriver

Video minimums, 1024 x 768 x 32 bits per pixel, VESA timing and compliance

RemoteFX

System.Fundamentals.Firmware.SystemCanBootWithEitherGraphicsAdapter

BIOS support for multiple adapters

System.Fundamentals.Graphics.MultipleOperatingMode

Functionality of multiple GPUs requirement

Marker file

System.Fundamentals.MarkerFile.SystemIncludesMarkerFile

Marker file for OCA

Single container

System.Client.PCContainer.PCAppearsAsSingleObject

Computer appears as single object in Devices and Printers folder

 

For more information on hardware requirements for Windows Server 2016 and later, see this link, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/compatibility/whcp-specifications-policies

For more information on hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier, see this link, https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn423132.aspx
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