Network Administration: Windows Server Install Setup

Now that you’ve planned your installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 server and prepared the computer, you’re ready to run the Setup program. The following procedure describes the steps that you must follow in order to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a new computer that has a bootable DVD drive.

  1. Insert the distribution CD in the DVD drive and restart the computer.

    After a few moments, the Windows Setup Wizard fires up.

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  2. Click Install Now to start the installation.

    The wizard next asks for the product key, which is printed on a sticker attached to the CD case.

  3. Enter the 25-character product key and then click Next.

    Because the key is so long, it’s easy to make a mistake. If Setup complains that the product key is invalid, don’t panic. Just try again.

    After you input the correct product key, the wizard asks which edition of the operating system you want to install. The options here depend on which version you have purchased. For the Standard Edition, you can choose to install the full Standard Edition server operating system or the Core edition.

  4. Select the edition you want to install and then click Next.

    The Setup Wizard displays the License Agreement information. Read it if you enjoy legalese.

  5. Click I Accept the License Terms and then click Next.

    The Setup Wizard then asks whether you want to perform an upgrade installation or a full installation.

  6. Click the installation option you want to use.

    Setup continues by displaying the computer’s current partition information. Here, you can select the partition that you want to use for the installation. If necessary, you can reconfigure your partitions from this screen by deleting existing partitions or creating new ones. In this example it is assumed that you will create a single partition that uses all available space on the drive.

  7. Select the partition on which you want to install Windows and then click Next.

    Setup now formats the drive and then copies files to the newly formatted drive. This step usually takes awhile.

    After all the files have been copied, Setup reboots your computer. Then, Setup examines all the devices on the computer and installs any necessary device drivers.

    When Setup finishes installing drivers, it displays the Initial Configuration Tasks page. You can use this page to perform additional configuration tasks that are required to make your server usable.

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    In particular, the Initial Configuration Tasks page provides the following capabilities:

    • Set the time zone.

    • Configure networking.

    • Provide the computer name and domain.

    • Enable automatic updating.

    • Download and install updates.

    • Add more server roles and features.

    • Enable remote desktop access.

    • Configure the Windows Firewall.

You’ll want to work your way through each of these steps. The steps are pretty self-explanatory, and simple wizards help guide you through each task.