The purpose of this white paper is to facilitate the successful deployment and configuration of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) operating systems on HP ProLiant DL980 G7 servers. It includes a description of additional recommended HP software components for the DL980, and best practices you can use when deploying Microsoft Windows on the DL980. Topics include:

? Operating System support matrix
? Hyper-V support matrix
? Additional software components recommended
? Hardware best practices
? Windows Server 2008 R2 best practices
? Windows Server 2008 SP2 best practices

The HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server is HP?s latest 8 socket, x86-based, 64-bit scale up platform. Available in 4-, 6-, and 8-core configurations, it can support up to 128 logical processors (with 8 Intel® Xeon® 7500/6500 series processors x 8 cores x 2 threads per core, with Intel?s Hyper-threading enabled), 2 TB of physical memory (RAM), and up to 16 PCIe/PCI-X I/O cards. In addition, the DL980 utilizes Non-Uniform Memory Architecture (NUMA) and Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology.

For a general overview of the technical specifications for this server, see the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 Server Data Sheet at:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/DS_00190/DS_00190.pdf

For detailed technical specifications, see the server QuickSpecs at: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13708_div/13708_div.pdf

The DL980 uses HP PREMA architecture which incorporates a new node controller design with Smart CPU caching and redundant system fabric. Combined with the Microsoft Windows Operating System, these features provide a solution that is fully capable of supporting the most demanding, data-intensive workloads, with the reliability, availability, and efficiency needed to run all of your business-critical applications with confidence.

For a detailed discussion of the HP PREMA architecture, see the technical overview at: http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA3-0643ENW.pdf