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Performing a Clean Installation

To install Windows Server 2008 on a server that is not configured with a previous operating system, set up the system so that it boots to the DVD-ROM drive (using the computer’s BIOS settings utility). Insert the Windows Server 2008 installation DVD and boot the system. Click Next after supplying your country and language information.

The Install Windows window opens. Click the Install Now button to begin the installation. The Product Key and Activation window opens (see Figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1. Enter the product key for Windows Server 2008.

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Enter your product key in the Product Key box. Note that the Activate Windows check box is selected by default. This means that your server product is activated automatically (a requirement) when the server goes online and is connected to the Internet. After entering the product key, click Next.

On the next installation page, you are provided with the option of installing Windows Server 2008 or installing a Windows Server 2008 core installation. The core installation (discussed later in this hour) is a stripped-down version of the Windows Server 2008 operating system and can be used to deploy network services on servers that have a less-than-optimal hardware configuration. In this case (for discussion purposes) select the Windows Server 2008 installation (not the core installation) and then click Next.

The next wizard page asks you to read the license terms for the server software. Click the I Accept the License Terms check box and then click Next to continue.

The next wizard page asks what type of installation you would like. In the case of a clean install, the Upgrade option is disabled (which it would not be if you were upgrading a previous version of the Windows Server NOS, such as Windows Server 2003). Click the Custom (Advanced) installation box.

On the next wizard page, you are provided with a list of the disks (and volumes or partitions if you placed them on the server with a utility such as fdisk) on the server (see Figure 2.2). Select the disk and or volume with unallocated space and then click Next.

Figure 2.2. Select the location for the Windows Server 2008 installation.

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The installation wizard copies files to the server drive and installs the Windows Server 2008 operating system files. After the installation is complete, the system boots to Windows Server 2008. You will need to configure a password for the Administrator account before you can log on for the first time. Set and confirm the password to log in (remember to use a strong password that includes different case characters and numbers).

You can then use the Initial Configuration Tasks window to begin the process of configuring the server for the roles it is to serve on the network. In terms of basic Windows Server 2008 settings, see Hour 3, “Configuring Windows Server 2008 Basic Settings.”

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