Check for updated drivers and for application compatibility for installing Windows SBS 2008

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

During installation, Windows SBS 2008 attempts to check your hardware, and it reports potential conflicts.

If you did not purchase a new server from an OEM with Windows SBS 2008 preinstalled, or if you have a line-of-business application that you want to continue using, you should perform the following tasks before you begin installing Windows SBS 2008:

  1. Update drivers for your hardware devices and obtain the most recent system BIOS. The device manufacturers can help you obtain these. If you have a hardware driver that is not listed in the Windows Catalog and you do not have a manufacturer-supplied driver file for use with Windows Server 2008, contact the hardware manufacturer.

  2. If you plan to run line-of-business applications on Windows SBS 2008, it is important that you verify that all the applications are compatible with Windows Server 2008.

To verify that your computer hardware and existing applications are compatible, check the hardware and software compatibility information in the Windows Server Catalog. The Windows Server Catalog is the complete list of all the logo-certified products that have been tested for compatibility with currently supported versions of the Windows Server operating systems, including Windows Server 2008.

For more information about the Windows Server Catalog, see the Microsoft Web site (

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