Motherboards and SBS 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Jon, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Has anyone noticed that is no support for SBS 2003 and what are considered
    high end desktop motherboards?
    I have clients that would like to run SBS 2003, but when I tell them the
    price of a server board that has drivers for this OS they gag. I don't blame
    them. Most of my clients have offices between 3 and 10 people. They don't
    need dual processors and ECC memory. They just want to take advantage of the
    "all in one" type package that SBS offers.
    I have an MSI K8N Neo Platinum board with an AMD 3200+ 64bit processor that
    I think would be perfect for a small business, but I can't find drivers for
    If any body has run into a board or boards that might solve this problem I
    would appreciate knowing about them.
    Other than an email campaign to these board manufactures and Microsoft,
    getting them to lean on the manufactures, I see no releif in the short term.
    Jon, Feb 7, 2005
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  2. Jon

    Matt Gibson Guest

    *Raises an eyebrow*

    If the motherboard has drivers for Windows 2003, then that's all it will

    There are NO SBS 2003 specific drivers.

    And I hope you're putting at LEAST Raid 1 in these machines.

    Matt Gibson - GSEC
    Matt Gibson, Feb 7, 2005
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  3. Jon

    Jon Guest

    I was a little to specific. I'm sure that drivers for 2003 will work with SBS
    Yes, Matt there is RAID where I can and plenty of backups.

    Take a look at the MSI board that I have. In the drivers download page for
    it, there is an Nvidia Nforce3 system drivers section that says "All
    Windows". I tried it last night and came up short with the video and
    multimedia drivers. Giving this computer to a customer would make me very
    Take a look at Intel. I don't see any drivers for 2003 on thier desktop
    boards, even on thier high end 925 boards.

    I'm beginning to wonder if there is some hanky panky whereby the board
    manufactures are not allowed, by contract, to creat drivers for the desktop
    Jon, Feb 7, 2005
  4. Jon

    Matt Gibson Guest

    XP drivers will USUALLY work (emphasis on usually).

    However, since these are desktop boards, I don't doubt there's not 2003
    native drivers for most. Server products (IMHO) should not be put on
    consumer level motherboards. I must admit, I am a bit surprised that Intel
    doesn't have drivers for their high end stuff. If memory serves me
    correctly, ASUS stuff has 2003 drivers.

    Personally, I prefer Supermicro for my servers.

    Matt Gibson - GSEC
    Matt Gibson, Feb 7, 2005
  5. Jon

    Jon Guest

    I agree about Supermicro. I'm still running a S2DG2 dual p3 500 board. It
    keeps my office warm in the winter, although I have lost B channel.
    I will look at Asus also.
    Jon, Feb 7, 2005
  6. Jon

    Matt Gibson Guest

    No worries!

    Let me know how it ends up.

    Matt Gibson - GSEC
    Matt Gibson, Feb 7, 2005
  7. Also, I have run Windows 2003 on several machines with VIA chip sets using
    generic Hyperion drivers. The drivers say nothing about Windows Server
    2003, but they have always worked. Both AMD and P4 processors - I think the
    boards were all Biostar. On the other hand, the machines were for lab use -
    I wouldn't sell one to anyone.

    Doug Sherman
    MCSE Win2k/NT4.0, MCSA, MCP+I, MVP
    Doug Sherman [MVP], Feb 7, 2005
  8. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Thank you Matt. The new Supermicro 915G and 925X are exactly what I was
    looking for. The prices for these "server" boards are not much higher than
    thier desktop counterparts and they have support for 2003. Now I have to look
    for a case. Either I will have to buy a recommended case, which are expensive
    or get a standerd tower and replace the power supply with a 24 pin. They just
    don't make it easy do they?
    Jon, Feb 8, 2005
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