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I am looking for options on sound cards with drivers certified for use on Windows Server 2008 x64 (required for a Nuance/Dragon product)...

Google searches reveal lots of rumors that SoundBlaster and ASUS cards might work okay with drivers from Windows Update. Others say you can get these cards to work by disabling the signed driver requirement--which is not an acceptable solution here.

The only card I find whose manufacturer says the drivers are supported on Windows Server editions is the SIIG DP SoundWave 5.1 PCIe card. Are there any others? Thanks, all!

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It's rare to find desktop-only hardware that is certified for Windows server. Since there are many inexpensive sound cards, you may want to consider the approach of trying one of the cards certified for the corresponding desktop version (Vista). I only run Windows server at home, and have done this with a variety of hardware over the years, and they usually work.

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At this point, I am leaning towards the Creative SoundBlaster Titanium PCIe card which is common and widely supported on desktop OSes, including Windows 7 x64--which is most like the Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64-only). I just wish that Creative would say it's actually supported on server OSes... – ewall Jun 15 '11 at 12:57

Are you trying to input audio or output audio with this sound card? If it's input, you can connect almost any USB microphone and Windows Server 2008 will recognize it as a USB recording device (no additional drivers needed). Even the Xbox 360 headset will be recognized.If it's output, you can purchase a USB DAC and convert digital files to analog.

Here are some high end USB microphone vendors:

Rode Podcaster

Samson C01U

USB DAC Vendor:

If you really need an internal sound card, your best bet is going to be one of those Creative or ASUS sound cards w/ Vista drivers. Very few vendors, if any, are going to pay the expense for official WHQL driver certification for Windows Server when the number of potential users is a few thousand at most.

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Oddly, it's not quite input nor output... It's a Citrix XenApp (akin to Windows Terminal Services) server, which needs to have a sound card to process sounds which are input or output on the client end. – ewall Jun 15 '11 at 12:56
Ah. It's going to be a Sound Blaster or an ASUS then. Personally I would order both + the SIIG you mentioned and find out what works (and then return the other two). – zippy Jun 15 '11 at 19:21

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