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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 9 LTS Free June 30, 2022
    Debian 10 LTS Free June, 2024
    Debian 11 LTS Free N/A
    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.