Server OS in a PC not built for it's ethernet isn't working even with drivers

jozeftierney

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Running Windows server 2016 on a intel build (I5-2500k, p8z68-v/gen3, 8GB RAM)

It used to be running windows 10 but I put in a new hard drive to run windows server 2016 to begin testing for a server we're building later but the computer wasn't seeing the ethernet connection.

I managed to enable wifi in the server settings, transfer the driver and wifi working but even after doing system scans and downloading multiple drivers for the ethernet it still wouldn't work.

I found a forum post somewhere saying that this motherboards chip set dint support the graphics driver for windows server, can anyone confirm or deny this?

Even if it can't be confirmed or denied, will buying a network interface card fix the problem, should that driver work better with windows server?

Thanks
 
There is little to no difference between network drivers in desktop and server variants. Obviously, Asus do not provide drivers labeled "Windows Server", but I am surprised that Windows 10 drivers did not work for you (I've had no troubles running 2016 on five-year old ITX Atom build, with add-on NIC).

What do you see in the "Devices Manager" with existing on-board NIC?

Look for NIC which specifically lists "Windows Server" support.
 

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