Ivy-Bridge Processor LGA-2011 x79 Chipset with Windows Server 2012 R2

This was a lot more fun than I had planned, I thought cool I will get a LGA 2011 board with 8 slots of the Corsair Vengence 2133mhz 8GB chips, a new Ivy Bridge Processor, mother board, a Cooler Master HAF Case, I already had a couple of NVIDIA 570s, Corsair Power Supply’s so for under a 1.5k I was able to buy a new server though admittedly I had a few of the parts, the new 22nm Ivy Bridge Rocksimage.

The first thing that went wrong is that the board wouldn’t boot, though everything was wired properly, to make sure it was the mother board, I purchased a MSI X79-GD45A and had the same issue.

I now knew it had to be the BIOS, and another trip to the store to purchase a Sandy Bridge Processor Xeon E5-3950 and replaced the Ivy Bridge Processor I7-4890, I had been using and everything booted….

Then Updated to the latest BIOS, replaced the Sandy Bridge Processor with the Ivy Bridge Processor and the system mostly worked except for the Ethernet adapter

I say mostly working due to Intel’s unique concept of disabling the installation of the 82576V Ethernet Adapter Driver Installation from ALL downloadable installation packages including the OEM motherboard manufacturers. including both Asus and MSI x79 Motherboards use Intel’s 

Asus P9X79 Pro

 

Since both boards use an x79 Intel Chipset and the same 82579V Ethernet Adapter, this shouldn’t be an issue right and you will not have an issue if you install a desktop OS. But I needed the extra RAM to run Hyper-V and was installing Windows Server 2012 R2, when you attempt to install the drivers for the the Intel 82576V Ethernet Adapter, you will not be able to do so.

 

MSI X79A-GD45

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During the installation of the Ethernet Adapter you will receive a screen pop up that states “You do not have an Intel Network Ethernet adapter installed” Intel doesn’t want to have a Server OS installed using the the 82576V Ethernet Adapter which looks 90 percent of all motherboards using X79 Chipsets use, so after you have paid up to $400 for the board and up to $1100 for the Processor, and $1200 for memory from trusted OEMs / ISVs  you will only be allowed to install one Ethernet Adapter in the PCIeX1 slot is you are running server software.

 

Before Deletion of lines 47 – 49

imageAlso, the Motherboards OEM Disks did not have Drivers for Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows server 2012 / 2012 R2.

After Deletion of Lines 47 – 49

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Download the PROWinx64.exe from Intel’s website, and extract it to C:\Apps.

Then edit the e1c64x64.inf from C:\Apps\PROWinx64\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64, remove the 3 lines beneath [ControlFlags] lines 47 – 49, and Copy lines 60 through 63 to line 72. and save the file. (please see before and after screen shots below)

Before Copy of Lines 60 – 63

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After Copy of lines 60 – 63 , to Line 72

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The next issue will be the Hash value will not match the Certificate since the CRC value has changed due to modification of the  e1c64x64.inf file, Right Click from File Explorer and Choose to delete the e1c64x64.cat file that contains the certificate.

Then right click on This PC or Computer, Advanced System Settings, Startup and Recovery, Settings, Click the Check Box, Time to display recovery options when needed, Click OK twice, and reboot the server.

Prior to the server restart and just after POST press F8 then Choose Boot with Device Driver Signing Disabled. Once you have logged in to the OS, Press the Windows Key + X, Choose Device Manager, Right Click on your Computer Name, Add Legacy Hardware, Click Next, Choose Install Hardware that I manually Select from a list, Click Next, Choose Network adapters and Click Next, Click Have Disk, Browse to C:\Apps\PROWinx64\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64 and choose the modified e1c64x64.inf file.

Once the 82576V Ethernet Adapter Device driver is installed, test and reboot the server the reboot resets your server to requiring all drivers to be signed by the OEM / ISV.

I hope this helps anyone attempting to use the new IVY Bridge Processors with the X79 Chipset as I could have saved a lot of time if there had been any documentation from the OEMs, or Microsoft or from any one at Frys on this issue..

Bottom Line LGA-2011 with the x79 Chipset is NOT Ready for Prime Time until the motherboards that are in stock have been sold and replaced with motherboards that contain the newer BIOS and either Intel improves the x79 Chipset, modifies the Driver Installation Package, or Scraps x79 Chipset all together.

As much as I would like to have 128GB of RAM on my Desktop I don’t need it (yet) and I think most of the people using the boards may be using them to run Server Software which obviously Intel has chosen NOT to support. Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention there not any PRE-POST Beeps that let you know if there is an issue and there isn’t an integrated video card I any of the LGA-2011 X79 Chipsets I have reviewed.

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-Ivan

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