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So whats the deal with these? I have seen some people say that any motherboard will work. Is this true? I know you can modify the driver .inf file a little bit to make it work, but im not sure how much this affects the whole OS. I am building a server for a small business and I was wondering if I could use a desktop motherboard or do I have to use a server board. This is only for a small business its a NAS more than anything.
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There is no way to really say if it will work until you try it.

Typically Windows 8 drivers should work for Windows Server 2012. Just depends on what drivers are available for the motherboard.

For reliability and features though, I would recommend going with a server motherboard.
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I've run into a similar problem with a machine at my work that I used for a Windows 2012 WDS server. We used a regular desktop computer which had an Intel OEM board. Come to find out the NIC wouldn't work when we install 2012, but Windows 7 & 8 worked fine. I then though we could use Windows 8 drivers, but even then they wouldn't load. We finally came across a site that detailed on how to modify the Intel drivers or basically add in support for the Intel NIC. I can't remember the site now or the steps involved, but I do have the driver zip we created in my dropbox. If you run into this issue just shoot me a message on here and i'll link them to you!
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Server 2012 is based on the same kernel as windows 8 so I can't see a reason why you wouldn't be able to run in on a desktop motherboard.
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Originally Posted by The_Rocker View Post

Server 2012 is based on the same kernel as windows 8 so I can't see a reason why you wouldn't be able to run in on a desktop motherboard.

There is no reason you couldn't. The issue when running Windows Server 2012 on a consumer motherboard is usually driver support, or the lack of Server 2012 drivers. Windows 8 drivers generally work, but occasionally drivers may be written to only install on specific OS. This may require manually editing the INF files to bypass checking for the OS version.
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Uni-Extract is a great little program for this, if you download from eg. Asus the files are in .exe form. Install Uni-Extract right click on the .exe and select Uni-Extract to Sub-Directory and it extracts all the files that make the exe, then just find the .inf files and update drivers from device manager. For Server 2012 I used Server 2008 R2 Drivers (HP N40L) as server 2012 drivers were wrong on there website.
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