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Hour 2. Installing Windows Server 2008

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

This hour discusses the different types of Windows Server 2008 installations, such as upgrading an existing server or making a clean install on a server that is not currently configured with a network operating system. It discusses issues related to a Windows 2008 core installation as well as Windows Server 2008 hardware requirements, server licensing, and server activation.

Planning the Server Installation

Before you install Windows Server 2008 on a computer, particularly in cases when you are creating a new network infrastructure, you should create a map of what your network will look like (a good tool for creating a network map is Microsoft Visio). In particular, you should outline the servers and other resource devices, such as printers, that will provide your network clients with services. The role that a particular server will fill on the network should be determined long before you install the network operating system. The server’s role, such as acting as a domain controller, a DHCP server, a multihomed router (a Windows Server 2008 configured with more than one network interface card), or a NAT server, dictates not only the server’s hardware configuration, but also the configuration of that server (and the services it provides).

By the Way

Hour 4, “Understanding and Configuring Server Roles and Services,” provides an overview on how to configure the various roles for a server, including such services as DNS, a file server, and a print server. Other hours in the book look at the specifics of configuring these various services. Hour 8, “Understanding and Configuring Active Directory Domain Services,” looks at the Active Directory namespace and provides the steps for making Windows Server 2008 a domain controller.

Other issues related to the installation of Windows Server 2008 on a computer have to do with the computer’s hardware configuration and its compatibility with Windows Server 2008. You must also be aware (before installation) of how you will configure client licensing on your network. Let’s look at the Windows Server 2008 hardware requirements; then we can look at a quick way to check an existing server’s upgrade compatibility and discuss server licensing issues.

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