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Operating systems available for automatic installation on dedicated servers

Automatic installation

Servers.com offers a set of operating systems for automatic installation and re-installation on bare metal servers (you will find the list below). Automatic OS installation and re-installation can be ordered during the initial server configuration or later in the customer portal.

The following operating systems for the x64 architecture are available for automatic installation and re-installation on bare metal servers:

Operating System Family Version Licensing type End of Support
AlmaLinux 8 Free N/A
CentOS 7 Free June 30, 2024
CentOS 8 Free December 31, 2021
Debian 9 LTS Free June 30, 2022
Debian 10 LTS Free June, 2024
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Free April, 2023
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Free April, 2025
FreeBSD stable/12 Free June 30, 2024
VMware ESXi 6.5 Free evaluation license October 15, 2022
Windows Server Standard & Datacenter Editions 2012 R2 Subscription license October 10, 2023
Windows Server Standard & Datacenter Editions 2016 Subscription license Januray 12, 2027
Windows Server Standard & Datacenter Editions 2019 Subscription license Januray 9, 2029

Installation from a custom image

You can boot a custom OS image and install an operating system of your choice using your Dell server's out-of-band management platform – iDRAC. Please refer to the "How to boot a dedicated server into a custom OS image using iDRAC" article for instructions.