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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2008
April 16, 2009, 7:54 am
Filed under: Installations

Windows Server 2008 is available in multiple editions to support the varying server and workload needs of organizations. Listed below is the list of Windows Server 2008 Editions which Microsoft has introduced. 

  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise.
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard.
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation.
  • Windows Web Server 2008.
  • Windows HPC Server 2008. (High-Performance Computing)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V.
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V.

For More Information about the Editions Listed above you can visit to the link Mentioned

Now let’s see the step by step installation Procedure of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise. To use Windows Server 2008 you need to meet the following hardware requirements: 

Component              Requirement
  • Minimum: 1GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4GHz (x64 processor)
  • Recommended: 2GHz or faster Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Minimum: 512MB RAM Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater
  • Maximum (32-bit systems): 4GB (Standard) or 64GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
  • Maximum (64-bit systems): 32GB (Standard) or 2TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-based Systems)
Available Disk Space
  • Minimum: 10GB
  • Recommended: 40GB or greater Note: Computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
  • DVD-ROM drive
Display and Peripherals
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

 Note: Windows Server 2008 can also be installed as a Server Core installation, which is a cut-down version of Windows without the Windows Explorer GUI. Because you don’t have the Windows Explorer to provide the GUI interface that you are used to, you configure everything through the command line interface or remotely using a Microsoft Management Console (MMC).The Windows Server 2008 Core edition comes with significant changes. Here is a quick rundown of the Core edition’s capabilities and limitations. The Windows Server 2008 Core edition can:

  • Run the file server role.
  • Run the Hyper-V virtualization server role.
  • Run the Directory Services role.
  • Run the DHCP server role.
  • Run the IIS Web server role.
  • Run the DNS server role.
  • Run Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services.
  • Run the print server role.

The Windows Server 2008 Core edition cannot:Run a SQL Server.

  • Run an Exchange Server.
  • Run Internet Explorer.
  • Run Windows Explorer.
  • Run MMC snap-in consoles locally.

Step1:Insert the appropriate Windows Server 2008 installation media into your DVD drive and boot the computer using your DVD-ROM. If you don’t have an installation DVD for Windows Server 2008, you can download one for free from Microsoft’s Windows 2008 Server Trial website. 


Step2:After the Above Screen is Loaded Windows a Welcome Screen is Splashed which should like the below Image


 Step3:When prompted for an installation language and other regional options make your selection and press Next 


 Step4:After the Above screen Next, press Install Now to begin the installation 


 Step5:After the Above screen Next, press Install Now to begin the installation process.Enter your Product ID in the next window, and if you want to automatically activate Windows the moment the installation finishes, click Next.If you do not have the Product ID available right now, you can leave the box empty, and click Next. You will need to provide the Product ID later, after the server installation is over. Press No.


Step6:Because you did not provide the correct ID, the installation process cannot determine what kind of Windows Server 2008 license you own, and therefore you will be prompted to select your correct version in the next screen.After selecting the Appropriate Version click Next to Contnue for the License Agreement Page.



Step7:Read and accept the license terms by clicking to select the checkbox and pressing Next.



Step8:Click the only available option – Custom (Advanced).




Step9:If you’re installing the server on a regular IDE hard disk, click to select the first disk, usually Disk 0, and click Next.If you’re installing on a hard disk that’s connected to a SCSI controller, click Load Driver and insert the media provided by the controller’s manufacturer.



Step10:You can also click the Drive Options for creating a new partition or formatting the partition accordingly.


Step11:The installation now begins, and you can go and have lunch. Copying the setup files from the DVD to the hard drive only takes about one minute. However, extracting and uncompressing the files takes a good deal longer. After 20 minutes, the operating system is installed. The exact time it takes to install server core depends upon your hardware specifications. Faster disks will perform much faster installs… Windows Server 2008 takes up approximately 10 GB of hard drive space.



Step12: Then the server reboots you’ll be prompted with the new Windows Server 2008 type of login screen. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log in.



Step13: Click on other user and type Administrator in the Username Section and Press Enter you will be prompted to change the password.






 Press ok to Continue Login and you are done with your installation, for more information you can check the link