This section describes how to install the Windows Server 2012 OS. The OS can be installed using either a local or remote method.
Caution - Data loss. The OS installation formats the boot disk, which erases any existing data on the disk, including any preinstalled OS.
All Sun Server X2-8 platform drivers for Windows Server 2012 are in-box. There are currently no Windows Server 2012 drivers available for the following PCIe add-in cards:
Sun StorageTek Dual 8 Gb FCDual 1 GbE HBA in ExpressModule form factor, RoHS-6 compliant, Emulex X-Option (Metis-E)
Sun StorageTek Dual 8 Gb FCDual 1 GbE HBA in ExpressModule form factor, RoHS-6 compliant, Qlogic X-Option (Metis-Q)
Sun Storage Dual 10 GbE PCIe FCoE Converged Network Adapter, Qlogic and SR optics (Europa-Q)-SR
Sun Storage Dual 10 GbE FCoE ExpressModule Converged Network Adapter, Qlogic, 2 port and Twinax (Europa-Q)-LR
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 are using the Windows Remote or Windows Image method, you can do this through Oracle ILOM.
The BIOS POST process begins.
Note - BIOS POST messages, including the BIOS menu options list, can go by quickly. If you miss the messages, power cycle the server and hold down the F8 key during boot until the BBS Popup menu appears.
Once the BIOS POST process is complete, the BBS Popup menu appears. The BBS Popup menu allows you to select a boot device.
The following example shows a BBS popup menu with a virtual CDROM selected:
When prompted with Press any key to boot from CD, quickly press any key.
The Windows installation wizard starts.
To select the Windows default partition settings, click Next. Go to Step 9.
To override the Windows default partition settings, click Drive Options (advanced) and proceed to the next step.
Caution - Formatting or repartitioning a preexisting partition destroys all data on the partition.
The Windows installation begins. During the installation process, the server reboots several times.
When the installation process is complete, Windows starts and prompts you to set the Administrator password.
Note - The password must have 8 characters, with one number and one uppercase character. For more details, click the Accessibility link on the account creation screen.
Once you have assigned a password to the Administrator account, the Windows Server 2012 desktop appears.