Windows Server

Installing Windows Server 2012 (RC) Step-by-Step


In this step-by-step guide, we’ll review the process of installing Windows Server 2012. In exactly 21 easy-to-follow steps, you’ll be running your very own Windows Server 2012 system and you’ll be ready for Jeff Hicks’ First Five Fixes. Now let’s get started!

How to Install Windows Server 2012

1. Download Windows Server 2012 –

2. Follow Step-By-Step Instructions to configure BIOS – Configure BIOS Before Installing Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

3. Press ENTER to boot from DVD.

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Press Enter To boot from DVD

Files will start loading.

Loading Files

4. Take the defaults on the Language screen, and click Next.

Windows Server 2012 defaults

5. Click Install now on the install screen.

Windows Server 2012 - Install Now

6. Click the second line item for the GUI. The default install is now Server Core. Then click Next.

Server Core

7. Read License Agreement, Turn on Checkbox “I accept the license terms,” and then click Next.

License Agreement

8. Click Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced).

.Custom - Install Windows only

9. The disk you are using should be listed. If not, you will need to Load driver. Select the disk you will be installing on. If you do not want to change drive options (optional), Click Next. If you want to use Dual boot using Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD), see below:Dual boot using Native Boot to VHD

10. [Optional:] Click drive options; then you can create custom partitions.Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD)

11. [Optional:] Add a drive using Native Boot To Vhd: SHIFT-F10 to open a command prompt window; Find installation drive (dir c:, dir d:, dir e:, etc). Diskpart to open the Disk Partition Utility (the first four lines below are all the same command and must run on the same line, separated here to make it easier to read).Create vdisk file=e:\BootDemo.vhd type=expandable maximum=40000. Attach disk. Exit. Then Refresh.Refresh after creating VHD

12. It will then start copying files. This will take a while (could be 20 mins or so depending on hardware performance).It will reboot a couple times (automatically). After the first reboot, it will no longer be running off of the DVD.Finalizing your settingsFinalizing Your Settings screen

13. In the Password box, enter a new password for this computer. It must meet complexity requirements. Re-enter the password in the second password box, and then click Finish.

Password Box

14. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete at the same time to get the login screenCtrl Alt Delete


15. Enter password and press enter.

Administrator Login

The Desktop will be displayed and Server Manager will be opened automatically.Server Manager

16. Pressing Windows Key on the keyboard will bring up the start screen (formerly known as Start Menu). If you Right-Click on Computer, you will see the new right-click menu is on the bottom of the screen instead of in a dropdown box. Select Properties.Start Screen

17. You will see that the System Properties screen looks almost identical to prior versions of windows. We can now change the computer name by clicking on Change Settings.

System Properties Screen

18. Type new computer name you would like to use and click OK.

Enter new computer name

19. Click OK on the information box. Click OK to allow a restart.

Information Box

20. Then click Restart Now on the final dialog box.

.Restart Now

21. When the computer restarts it will have the new name, just login.


Now that you’ve set up your Windows Server 2012 system, you can go ahead with the first five fixes, or create a storage pool, or add it as a Domain Controller.

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