Server 2008 Tutorials

This tutorial explains how to set initial configuration such as computer name, time zone and IP address just after the installation of Server 2008.

Initial Configuration Wizard

From windows Server 2008 setup process reserves configuration steps for the post-installation process. These pre-deployment options are left for the end of installation to improve efficiency. Administrators can set these as soon as the install completes, which shortens time-to-launch for a fresh server installation.

Post-setup configuration tasks are similar for full installations and for Server Core. On full installations, WS08 will reboot the system once the installation is complete and, after generating the initial profile, will display a wizard: the Initial Configuration Tasks (ICT) Wizard.

Initial Configuration Tasks ICT wizard

This wizard includes three categories of post-installation tasks:

  • Provide computer information
  • Update this server
  • Customize this server

Initial Configuration Task provide following services

  • Provide the computer name and domain
  • Enable updates and feedback
  • Download and installing updates
  • Add core system features
  • Enable the Remote Desktop
  • Configure the Windows Firewall
  • Configure the Event Log
  • Configure devices
  • Rename the administrator account
  • Create a backup administrator account
  • Configure paging file and recovery settings
  • Install administration, support and resource kit tools
  • Install the Windows Recovery Environment

How to launch Initial Configuration Tasks ICT wizard after installation

You could launch ICT wizard anytime after installation if you prefer to configure these option from ICT wizard. To launch ICT wizard type ‘oobe’ in search box and hit enter.

You can configure these options right here. You could configure these option later If you have skipped ICT wizard.

How to change computer name

Computer name is randomly generated and assigned during the installation, you can change it in Initial Configuration Tasks (ICT) Wizard. If you have skipped ICT wizard you should follow this process.

Click Start and select Run option. In run window type system.cpl and press ok

system.cpl command in run box

From opened system properties dialog box click Change

sytem properties

Type computer name

type computer name

Always use a descriptive name with proper naming convention for server and other network locations.

After typing computer name click OK, Click Close

new computer name

Restart is required to take effect. It would prompt for restart. Click Restart Now

restart window

After restart computer name would be changed.

How to Localize Time Zone

You can localize time zone during the installation. ICT wizard also have option to update it. You can update these settings any time by following these steps.

Click on start button and select Run. In run box type control timedate.cpl

run box type control timedate.cpl

From open dialog box you can adjust date and time. You can also change time zone. To change date and time click Change date and time .
To change time zone click Change time zone

change time zone

Another dialog box will pop up which contain all available time zone in drop down menu.

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Select the your time zone from list and click OK

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click on apply and ok button

In same way you can change date and time by clicking Change date and time

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How to configure IP address

click on start and select control panel

open control panel
select Network and Sharing Center

select network sharing
click on Manage network connections

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select local Area Connection and open its properties

local area connection


select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click on properties Tab

select tcp ip


click on Use the following IP address: then type IP address, subnet mask and DNS server and click on OK button

set ip address

Now click on ok and again ok to close the properties of TCP/IP