Windows

Windows 2008 FAQ

Windows Server 2008 Installation Instructions

1. Insert CD and press a key to boot from the DVD.

Language

Select the language to use when installing, the time and current format and the keyboard type.

2. Select Install Now to begin your installation. Alternatively, click on the 'What to know before installing windows' link or the
'Repair your computer' link if a previous install went wrong.

Install now

3. Enter the Product Key if you have one, you can continue without one but Windows will be treated as an Evaluation version.
You can also tell it to activate it as soon as the Windows install goes online (you probably need DHCP).

Product key

4. Read the Dialog box warning and click Yes to continue.

Product dialog

5. Select which Edition of Windows to install from the list, tick the box marked 'I have selected the edition of Windows that I purchased'
and click Next.

Edition

6. Read the license agreement and tick the box 'I accept the license terms' and click Next.

Accept license

7. Select whether you want to do a Custom Install or Upgrade (if a previous version was found).

Install type

8. Select the disk or partition to install Windows onto.

Where to install

If you need to do some drive management, click on 'Drive options (advanced) link. If you need a third party hard
disk controller driver click on 'Load Driver' to load it from CD, USB etc.

9. It will begin installing windows by copying the files from DVD to the hard disk and then expanding the files on the hard disk. This may take upto
15 minutes to complete.

Installing

10. It will then do a restart after installation.

Restart

11. It will then continue running setup before starting Windows up.

Initial Setup

12. It will then do the Completing Installation part.

Competing

13. When Windows loads, it will ask for a complex password for the Administrator account. Click OK to continue.

Change password

14. Use a combination of Captial letters, numbers and may be some symbols when entering a password.

New password

15. It will inform you that your password has changed. Click OK to continue.

Password changed

16. Now you login and then you can configure your server.

Config Tasks

a) Check the time zone for your country.
b) Check network settings. By default it will use DHCP, for servers you would configure a static address.
c) Change the auto-generated compuer name to something more sensible and if necessary join it to a Windows domain.
d) Enable automatic updating if necessary.
e) Download any new updates that you require.
f) Use the Add roles or Add feature to install additional programs and services as required.
g) If using Virtual PC, don't forget to install the VPC Additions for file sharing and audio drivers.

17. Additional stuff for Windows 2008

To get the addional software such as:

* Windows Live Mail
* Messenger
* Photo Gallery
* Writer
* Movie Maker
* Family Safety

For server software you can install:
* System Center suite applications.
* Microsoft SQL Server for databases.
* Microsoft Sharepoint for web and collaboration
* Microsoft Exchange and Lync for communication

Download wlsetup-web.exe from Live Downloads and select and install the additional programs.

18. Wait for installer to start

19. Select the applications to install, then click Install.

Applications

20. From which versions of Windows can I upgrade from to Windows 2008 ?

You can upgrade from the following editions of Windows to Windows 2008 (R2):

From edition To edtion
Windows 2003 Standard with SP1 or SP2 Windows 2008 Standard, Enterprise (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 Enterprise with SP1 or SP2 Windows 2008 Enterprise (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 Datacenter with SP1 or SP2 Windows 2008 Datacenter (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 R2 Standard (with SP1) Windows 2008 Standard, Enterprise (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise (with SP1) Windows 2008 Enterprise (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 R2 Datacenter (with SP1) Windows 2008 Datacenter (with or without Hyper-V)
Windows 2003 Web Server with SP1 or SP2 No upgrade available
Windows 2003 for Itanium-based systems No upgrade available
Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 No upgrade available
Windows 2003 (SP2, R2) Standard Windows 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise
Windows 2003 (SP2, R2) Enterprise Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise or Datacenter
Windows 2003 (SP2, R2) Datacenter Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter
Windows 2008 Web Windows 2008 R2 Web or Standard
Windows 2008 Standard Windows 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise
Windows 2008 Foundation with SP2 Windows 2008 R2 Standard
Windows 2008 Enterprise Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise or Datacenter
Windows 2008 Datacenter Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter