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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.

Operating systems available for automatic installation on dedicated servers

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 10 LTS Free June, 2024
Debian 11 LTS Free N/A
FreeBSD stable/12 Free June 30, 2024
Rocky Linux 8 Free N/A
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Free April, 2023
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Free April, 2025
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Free April 2027
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 January 12, 2027
Windows Server Standard & Datacenter Editions 2019 Subscription license January 9, 2029
Windows Server Standard & Datacenter Editions 2022 Subscription license October 14, 2031

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.

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