Before You Begin
Before beginning the operating system installation, make sure that the following requirements are met:
If you want to configure your boot drive for RAID 1 (mirroring), you need to do so using the LSI Logic integrated RAID controller’s setup utility (accessible by pressing Ctrl-C when prompted during server boot) before you install the Windows operating system. For more details, refer to the Sun LSI 106x RAID User’s Guide.
For your chosen Windows media delivery method, refer to the following requirements table.
If you select CD-ROM image, you are prompted to browse for the image file.
If you are using the Windows Remote method, you can power cycle the server using Oracle ILOM.
The BIOS POST process begins.
Look for the Initializing USB ... Done message on the screen.
Note - BIOS POST messages can go by quickly, and you might miss them. If you miss the prompt, power cycle the server again, and hold down the F2 key during boot until the BIOS setup utility appears.
After the Press F2 to run setup prompt appears, press F2. The BIOS Setup Utility opens.
The BBS POPUP menu allows you to select a boot device.
Note - BIOS POST messages, including the prompt for the BBS Popup menu, can go by quickly, and you might miss them. If you do, power cycle the server and hold down the F8 key during boot until the BBS Popup menu (shown in Step 1) appears.
If you have selected the Windows Local installation method, insert the Windows media DVD into the connected DVD drive now.
If prompted with Press any key to boot from CD, quickly press any key.
The Windows installation wizard starts.
The Where to Install Windows screen appears.
To select the Windows default partition settings: Click Next. Proceed to Step 10.
To override the Windows default partition settings: Click Driver Options (advanced) and proceed to the Advanced Driver Options screen in step 9.
Caution - Formatting or re-partitioning a pre-existing partition destroys all data on the partition.
The Advanced Driver Options screen appears.
Note - Windows Server 2008 R2 enforces password schemes for user accounts. Password standards include restrictions on length, complexity, and history. If you need more details, click the Accessibility link on the account creation screen.
After you have created your initial account, the Windows Server 2008 desktop appears. The Windows Server 2008 R2 interface is new; review the Microsoft documentation to familiarize yourself with the changes.