This section explains the initial information you will need and provides the instructions you need to follow to install the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or R2 SP1) operating system over an established PXE-based network using a customer-provided Windows Imaging Format (WIM) image.
Note that the procedure presented in this section documents the initial steps to install Windows 2008 over the network using a Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Specifically, it explains the steps for selecting the server PXE network interface card that will communicate with your WDS installation server. For further information about using WDS to install the Windows Server 2008 operating system, see Microsoft's Windows Deployment Services documentation.
Before You Begin
To use PXE to boot the installation media over the network, you must:
Configure the network (NFS, FTP, HTTP) server to export the installation tree.
Configure the files on the TFTP server that are necessary for PXE booting.
Configure the server's MAC network port address to boot from the PXE configuration.
Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
To use WDS to perform the installation, you must:
Add the required system device drivers to the install.wim image and, if necessary, the boot.wim image.
For instructions for adding drivers to the WIM installation image(s), see the Microsoft Windows Deployment Services documentation.
Obtain the WIM Administrator password.
The BIOS screen appears.
Note - The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the following steps. Watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time. You might want to enlarge the size of your screen to eliminate scroll bars.
The Please Select Boot Device menu appears. The screen that appears will be different depending on whether you have BIOS configured for Legacy mode or UEFI mode.
For Legacy BIOS, the following screen appears:
For UEFI BIOS, the following screen appears:
Note - The boot device menu that appears in your installation might differ depending on the type of disk controller installed in your server.
The network bootloader loads and a boot prompt appears. After a few seconds the installation kernel will begin to load.