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Product Selector Tool

Hello everyone!


Today Lucy's here to tell you about the Windows ProLiant Product Selection Tool. We've had a lot of requests on how to get started pairing the right server with the correct Windows server offering.  Now we’ve build a handy tool to quickly and easily help you create a solution or to help your customers get thinking about what they will need to find the right solution for their business.


The Product Selector Tool provides combinations that best suit the needs of your customers with an HP ProLiant server and a Microsoft Windows Server operating system. You can find more information at this link.


Let’s go ahead and access this tool together to see how it is structured and functioning.




At the top you have the option to view the tool in other languages. Below, you can find the promotional banners for HP OEM Windows Server products like our Reseller Option Kit.


Below the banners, You’ll find the first step.  You either start with the software or the hardware.  There’s a section to get started.  We’ll cover this section in more detail in just a moment.


To the Right, of the First question there’s a question mark.  Click on the question mark, and you can see the template that displays the instructions for using the tool.


Below the first question listed on the left are the Windows operating systems and to the right the HP ProLiant servers.


The currently shipping operating systems for Windows Server are all listed and if you click on the  "More Information" button, you’ll get software description, recommended servers, links to the product page and basic system requirements. 


If you click on the View Compatible servers, they will be displayed on the right grid.  If a server is not listed, it will also not appear on the HP OS Support Matrix found at


If you move the mouse over the image of the ProLiant server, you will be able to review the basic server information and you can also visit the product page if you need to learn more, simply click on the more information button and it will take you to the server page.


We have just reviewed the different components of the tool, let’s see how it works on any of the following two scenarios: First, when you already know which Windows Server Operating System to offer. Second, when you already know which ProLiant server to offer to your customers.


If you already know which version of Windows Server OS you will be offering, then you can click on "I know the software".  By doing so you will see that the information displayed on the screen change and display the menu to filter the server features that will complete the solution. The process begins by selecting the ProLiant family: MicroServer, ML or tower, DL rack, BL or Blades and SL scalable systems.


Let's use the example of the selection of a DL. Again, the displayed data changes and now appears “Memory feature” in the lower left side you’ll find listed the DL series Servers. If your client needs more memory capacity of 150GB, then when you select this option you’ll only see the DL servers that have that feature.  Remember, If they button will not allow you to select it, the server does not have that feature.


Finally, you’ll see the option of processors. At this point, only the options for number of processors in the memory are available, in this case 1 or 2. We selected 1 processor and as a result you’ll see the only 3 servers that can be chosen to build the solution: DL160 G6, DL180 G6 and DL385 G7.


Now for the second scenario: you already know which ProLiant Server you want, but need to know the right Windows Server operating system that meets the needs of the company. Let's click on "Reset".


The screen will show the options for operating system features.  The first choice is Virtualization.  Will you virtualize at all? If not select zero.  If you will need virtualization, choose how many VMs.  Let’s suppose you need to 4 VMs. The next choice is maximum number of users who will be working with the solution. Let’s suppose we need to support 80 users, you’ll see the selection choice should be 200.


The next choice is Function of the server or “type of applications”: file server, Line of business applications or databases. You will also find the uses of print and web listed, which you can’t select because the need of virtualization already indicates a heavier workload. And so these versions: WS Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and DataCenter.


With this example we have covered the session objective: to determine the structure of the Selection Tool and how it works.


We hope that this will be useful and help you and your customers build the perfect solutions for Windows on ProLiant.


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