Server 2012

Installing Server 2012

Insert the installation media and boot the device, ensuring the device is set to boot from the appropriate drive.

Select the appropriate install language and then the time/currency format, the keyboard should then auto set but can be changed if needed. Click Next .

Click Install Now.

Select which version of Server 2012 you wish to install, eg Standard or Datacenter and then either Core or GUI and Click Next .

Read the License Terms and tick the acceptance box (bottom left) and Click Next .

Choose whether to do an upgrade or custom, in this case we select custom as it is a fresh install.

Select the drive you wish to use for the installation, we are going to use the full drive of one partition and Click Next .

Windows will begin its’ setup process and may take a while depending on your system. After a while all of the tasks will be ticked and the system will restart, alternatively if you are in a hurryClick Restart Now .

On reboot you may be asked to change the password for the Administrator. Enter your password once in each box to confirm no errors and Finish, then Windows will finalise the installation. You will then be faced with the server 2012 screen and will need to press ctrl+alt+delete to enter your password. Server 2012 is now installed in its base configuration.

Configuring WDS

Once the Server 2012 has been built and had its name and IP address set, I am also making the assumption that your network has a DHCP and DNS Server, you can begin the process of installing WDS. In the Server Manager console, select Manage and Add Roles and Features .

Click Next

Select the Installation Type, in my case Role-based and click Next .

Select the Server or Hard Disk you want to install the role to and click Next .

Select Windows Deployment Services and then Add Features of the dialog box that appears, then click Next

Select the .NET Framework 3.5 features and click Next

Click Next to acknowledge the things to note and Next again confirming the roles of deployment and transport.

On the confirmation page click the Specify an alternative source path and enter the path to the server 2012 disk probably D:\sources\sxs\ and click OK then click Install .

When the installer completes click Close

Configuring Server 2012

Once Server 2012 has been Installed there are several further configuration aspects. First off, the Server needs to be named and should be set appropriately eg; DC, WDS, EXCH etc.

On login, the Server Manager screen appears, select Local Server and then click the blue computer name, this can then be changed to the desired entry.

Next select the blue IPv4 address line, right click the ethernet adapter and select the IPv4 option, click properties and set the IP address, Subnet mask and Default gateway. If you have a separate DNS server then enter its’ IP address here, if you plan to use this server as the DNS Server then enter 127.0.0.1 and it will know to look to itself for Domain Name Resolution.