Server 2008 Tutorials

This tutorial explains how to install Windows Server 2008 step by step. Each installation step is explained in detail with screenshots.

Window server 2008 available for both 32 and 64 bit architecture. With the release of Server 2008 R2 in 2009, Microsoft discontinued the development of 32 bit Server OS, however its support for 32 bit will be continued. To be future ready, you should consider only 64 bit hardware, whenever you purchase new one.

For this article I assume that you know how to boot system from DVD. Adjust boot device priority and boot system from Server 2008x64 DVD. It will ask for confirmation of installation with following message

Press any key boot to from disc

Press Enter key to confirm the installation. Window will load the necessary files for installation.

loading screen

Window allows you to localize the installation. You can localize the language, time, currency format, keyboard layout.

language option

Click Install Now button to start the installation.

install now

Enter product key of Server 2008x64 it is available on sticker inside the Disc cover and tick mark on "Automatically activate Windows when i'm online" then click on Next

product key

if you do not have product Key than uncheck the "Automatically Activation" option. You can enter product key after installation as well.

select x64 Enterprise version

version

Tick mark on "I accept the license terms" and click Next button

terms and condition

Upgrade option is used when we have previous version of server ie 2003, installed. We would do it in other article.

For this article Select custom (advanced) option

custom partition

Select unallocated spaces and click on New button

Type the size and click Apply button

create partition

Click Next for installation process

install partition

Thats all information window need prior to installation. Window will start the installation and this process will take several minutes

preparing and copying

After restart server would prepare the user desktop

preparing desktop

Before server load for first time you must have to change the default blank password. It would prompt for password change.

prompt change password

Type administrator password

type administrator password

(Note:- Admin password must be complex and at least 7 character long , we could change this policy after installation.)Check mark on "Do not show on Startup" option and click Close

inial screen

Check mark on "Do not show on Startup" option on Server Roles configuration Wizard and click on close

server roles screen

Window server 2008 64bit has successfully installed.

Installing Server 2008 Core edition

Microsoft release the core edition of Server 2008. Core edition includes minimal roles and services. Core edition stripped down any unnecessary services and features that are not essential including desktop, window explorer shell, start menu, taskbar and other features you may be used to seeing. In this tutorial we will install core edition from DVD.

Adjust boot device priority and boot system from Server 2008 DVD. It will ask for confirmation of installation with following message

Press any key boot to from disc

Press Enter key to confirm the installation. Window will load the necessary files for installation.

loading

Window allows you to localize the installation. You can localize the language, time, currency format, keyboard layout.

language

Click Install Now button to start the installation.

install

Select Windows Server 2008 Enterprise(Server Core Installation) X86 and Click on Next Button

win x86 core install 6

Tick mark on "I accept The license terms", and click Next button

terms

Select Custom (advance) option

custom option

Installation wizard will scan the attached hard disk and return with current partition layout. Server 2008 requires minimum 10GB hard disk. You can select any partition for installation which have at least 10 GB free space available or you can create new one. In this article we will create new partition.

Click on Drive options (advanced) to create Partition

create partition

Select Unallocated Space and click New Button. Set the size of partition and click on apply Button.

 enter space

click Next

next for installation

Thats all information window need prior to installation. Window will start the installation and this process will take several minutes

copying file

After installation window will restart the system. Keep in mind, do not press enter key on start up this time, otherwise installation will start from scratch again.

reboot after completing

After restart window will configure the system

setting up

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del

alt+ctrl+del

Select Other User

other select

Type Administrator and press enter with blank password

win x86 core install 22

In server 2008 administrator cannot use blank password. So you would be prompt to change password. Press OK

prompt password

Enter Administrator password

enter password

In couple of minutes post installation process would prepare the desktop

preparing desktop

Core edition have no GUI to manage it. All it have is command prompt.

command prompt

Congratulations we have completed the installation of core server.