Windows Server 2008 - Installation

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  • Published on : 08 March 2014 at 19:32 UTC
  • By Lionel Eppe

In this tutorial we will install "Windows Server 2008 Enterprise" but the principle is the same for other editions of "Windows Server 2008"

First you have to put the "Windows Server 2008" cd in your CD / DVD drive and boot on it. To do this, you must enter the BIOS when booting the PC (It may be that you do not have to do it) by pressing "DEL" (or sometimes "F12" or "F2").

Once you have started on the CD you will see a screen like below. Select your language and the language of your keyboard.

Click Install.

Enter your serial number Windows Server 2008 or leave blank to install Windows Server 2008 in trial version and can activate it later.

If you have not entered a serial number, you can choose between several versions of Windows Server 2008. Warning has to choose the edition you have purchased if you want to active it later as the serial number of an edition is obviously not true for others. The wizard asks you to also check the box below about this.

Accept the terms of the contract.

Click "Custom".

Click "Drive options (advanced)".

Be aware that Windows server is something very sophisticated and there are many features to it is therefore advisable to put at least 2 partitions. One for the OS (Operating System : Windows Server 2008 in this case) and the second for Ghost backups (check the Norton Ghost tutorial if you don't know what is it)

Once created 2 partitions, select the first and click Next.

The installation starts.

Towards the end of the installation, the computer restarts. Warning, do not press any key during the reboot. The wizard automatically reappear.

The installation completes before restarting the computer finally start on Windows Server 2008.

After the computer starts, Windows will ask you to change the Administrator password which is empty for now. Click OK.

Enter a secure password : tiny / uppercase and numbers.

If you entered a password complying with safety rules, Windows will display "Your password has been changed".

Once connected to your server, a window named "Initial Configuration Tasks" will be displayed. Closing this window, another window will appear.

The "Server Manager" window appears. In the left column you can see the word "Roles". This is what allows for adding roles / features to your server.