Installing Windows Server Guide is a simple walkthrough of the stages in the process. This is not a comprehensive guide to all the options but rather a first look for someone who has never done it. The aim is to show new users what to expect when starting. This article is part of a much larger guide into using Windows Server to run Opensimulator. However, it can equally be a stand-alone item.

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There are many ways to get the installer running; however, the most common approach for a first time installer is using a USB memory stick. First, insert the USB stick with the installer into a USB port. Secondly, turn the server on and make sure it is using USB booting. Finally, continue to a normal boot cycle. Help creating a Ubuntu Server USB stick is available in Create a Windows Server USB in Ubuntu & Windows.

Getting Started – Installing Windows Server Guide

Firstly, when the installer first launches it presents language and keyboard language choices before offing the install button

Secondly, the Windows installer asks for the Windows server licence key and install type. Most new users of Windows servers will want the standard desktop experience. However, as familiarity with PowerShell and command-line control of the server increases, this will change.

Thirdly set the password for the administrator account. After a short wait, the desktop is ready to unlock.

Fourthly it’s time to set up some of the options for the server. The choices shown in this guide are a nice starting point to get going and not suitable for all use cases. Most small users will want the role-based setup and will deal with a single server. Consequently, the settings in the images below are adequate.

Next, enable remote desktop (assuming the server will be accessed remotely). It is set in this guide because most cloud hosts will provide Windows servers with Remote Desktop enabled by default. The second image doesn’t show management service enabled, but unless ISS is desired this should be selected.

Finally, after accepting the settings and allowing Windows time to install them, the install is complete. To make Windows useful there is much more to do, but this brings a private server to a similar place functionally as hosting companies provide.

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