Note the following important considerations before beginning the Windows Server operating system installation on your Oracle server.
Installing the Windows operating system overwrites any data on the boot drive, including any preinstalled operating system.
Disable x2APIC in the BIOS Setup Utility before you install the Windows operating system. Access the BIOS Setup Utility, select Advanced —> CPU Configuration —> x2APIC —> Disabled. Then Exit and save changes.
If you are using the on-board LSI mass storage controller and you want to include your boot drive as part of a RAID configuration, you need to configure a RAID volume on the controller before installing the Windows operating system.
Before you install Windows, use the LSI integrated RAID controller’s setup utility by pressing Ctrl-C when prompted during server boot-up. For more details, refer to the Sun LSI 106x RAID User’s Guide for your server.
Note - For information about how to create a RAID virtual disk for the LSI MegaRAID SAS 9262-8i controller, see Creating a Virtual Disk.
The Windows Server 2008 R2 package includes the required mass storage drivers for initial Windows operating system installation.
No separate driver disk is required during initial installation. Post-Windows installation, upgrade server-specific device drivers to the full-featured, Oracle-tested versions as described in Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software.
All the drivers for Windows Server 2012 are in the box. There are no Windows Server 2012 drivers for certain PCIe add-in cards. See the installation sections in How to Install Windows Server 2012 and How to Install Windows Server 2012 Using PXE for details.