Here is a guide written by me how to setup and install Windows Server 2008.
Requirements For Windows Server:
Processor: - Minimum: 1GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4GHz (x64 processor) Recommended: 2GHz or faster Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
Memory: - Minimum: 512MB RAM, Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater Maximum: - (32-bit systems): 4GB (Standard) or 64GB (Enterprise and Datacenter) Maximum (64-bit systems): 32GB (Standard) or 2TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-based Systems)
Available Disk Space - Minimum: 10GB Recommended: 40GB or computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files.
Display and Peripherals - Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor, Keyboard, Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
Also a DVD Drive.
Here is the guide.
Step 1. Insert the correct Windows Server 2008 Installation Disk or Package to your DVD Drive. You must be using a Full Retail Version.
Step 2. After you have inserted the disc please reboot the computer so the installation will run.
Step 3. Just Select Install Now!
Step 4. Where a window appears, it will ask you to select your language and keyboard type. Please select the correct language for you.
Step 5. Now type in the product key for Windows Server 2008. If you do not have one please get a trial at Microsoft. If you do have one, please enter it.It will auto activate Windows once you have complete the setup.
Step 6.If you didn't provide a Product key, you will be able to select which version of Windows Server you want. Please select the correct OS version for you. For users who have a Product key, skip this.
Step 7. If you entered a Product key please select the correct version which your Product key works with. Selecting the wrong one will cause not Product key not to work.
Step 8. You should read and accept the Terms of Windows Server 2008. Please check the box that I agree to proceed with the installation.
Step 9. Now select the correct type of installation you want. Custom means a complete full installation, Upgarde means a minor install, you will not lose your files.(This is for extinting Windows Server Installs)
Step 10. Now select which hard-drive you want to install Windows Server to. If you select a hard-drive which have other Windows Installed in it, it will wipe out the old one and make the old windows folder called old.windows. Be careful while doing this step. Make sure you have enough hard-drive space for it to install completely. Screenshot is attached. Note: If you have a Advance SCSI controler, please select Load Driver and insert the driver disc for the SCSI. Please check Microsoft for correct guide about SCSI.
Step 11. Windows Server 2008 is now installing, it will take about 30-1 hour or more depending on your computer. Please do-not click anything, just wait. Windows Server 2008 will expand and install the OS. If there is restarts, don't panic. It is normal. If you have a media or disc in the computer please remove/eject it because it might hang the booting of Windows Server 2008.
Step 12. Windows Server should restart again. You should see a login screen to login using the keys. CTRL+ALT+DELETE. Please make-sure your keyboard is connected and type in the control keys.
Step 13. You will need to click on Other User when the screen appears. This is the admin account and just change the password when requested.
Step 14. Now as you have changed your password, just login and you should see your desktop.
Step 15. You should see the control panel, just change advance settings(ip) and work it for your own.
Enjoy Your Server!
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