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Certification and Support Matrix for Windows

Today, Lucy Ellis would like to give a brief explanation on how to find information about Windows operating systems that are compatible with our HP ProLiant platforms, through the Certification and Support Matrix for Windows.


She will show you how to locate, navigate and select a server, access the Windows Server Catalog, search it and find additional certifications that may apply to the server and finally provide you a brief explanation about retired HP servers.



So go ahead, open your Internet Explorer browser and go to


The Certification and Support Matrix for Windows allows you to see HP ProLiant servers that are compatible with each one of the different offerings from Microsoft Operating Systems.


You will notice in the top of the screen a section of "Legend " which describes the different categories according to the existing operating systems. The label of "HP Supported" means that HP will provide technical support for both drivers and the ProLiant server management software that are compatible with those operating systems.


The label "HP Certified Partner Supported & OS / Logo" means that besides the technical support, the server listed has fulfilled the certification requirements and the Windows logo. Specifically for Windows Server 2008 R2 there is a power certification, which indicates that the server has obtained an additional qualification of this improved management. This is marked by an asterisk besides the name of the server.


If you scroll down the page, you will see several tabs that identify many different Microsoft Operating Systems, sold at HP.


Now let's go to the corresponding Windows Server 2008 R2. We can see there a matrix that lists the columns, the different editions available and the Hyper-V listed separately.


If you look between the tabs of the Operating Systems and editions available, you’ll find a link labeled as "Previous Servers", which is very useful when your customer has an older HP ProLiant hardware, and you want to verify if it is compatible or not with the software you want to install.


You might notice that although Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is a newly launched product, some servers that are no longer available, are compatible with it and therefore have been transferred to that section.


One of many advantages of the Certification and Support Matrix for Windows is that you can click on the link of the server name, which will take you to the page that contains information on controls and product support. From there you will see a section called "OS Certification" / "Operating System Certification." When you click on Windows it will take you to the Windows Server catalog, created by Microsoft.


Let‘s search the for the HP ProLiant DL380 G7. We want to know if this particular server has passed or failed the test of the Windows Server 2008 R2 logo.


As we search for the Proliant DL380 server G7, we find it listed at the top of the ProLiant servers that have passed Windows Logo testing. Let's click on it to find detailed information.  It shows that it is certified, not only for Windows Server 2008 R2, but also for the 2003 and 2008 versions.


You may also find a phrase marked with a small spot that says “Enhanced Power Management”. This confirms that the server meets this additional qualification, also noted in the Certification and Support Matrix for Windows.


Now, you might want to know which other HP servers have additional qualifications for power management. You must return to the previous page and click on the link "Enhanced Power Management" on the right. You will find the complete list of the HP ProLiant servers that also meet this rating improved power management.


Thanks for joining us today and I hope you have learned more about Certification and Support Matrix for Windows.


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