C H A P T E R  6

Install Windows Server 2003

This chapter describes how to install the Windows Server 2003 operating system directly onto your server using the Windows Server 2003 media.

Installation Requirements

Before beginning the operating system installation, make sure that the following requirements are met.

For all installation methods:

FIGURE 6-1 Example Startup Screen Showing Existing Adaptec-based Array Volume

Note - The complete Microsoft Windows operating system installation process is not documented in this section. This section documents only the steps that are specific for installing Windows Server 2003 on your server.

For requirements specific to the mass storage driver and Windows media delivery methods that you have chosen, see TABLE 6-1.

TABLE 6-1 Requirements for Each Installation Method


Action or items required

Floppy Disk Local

Insert the mass-storage drivers floppy disk into a USB floppy drive attached directly to one of the server’s USB ports. Note that if you are using the floppy disk local installation method, the JavaRConsole floppy drive or floppy image devices must not be redirected.

Floppy Disk Remote

Connect the floppy drive to the JavaRConsole system (if necessary) and insert the mass-storage drivers floppy disk into the floppy drive.

Floppy Image

Ensure that the floppy.img file is accessible from the JavaRConsole system.

Windows Local

Make sure that the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 installation media and a DVD-ROM drive are available.

Windows Remote

Insert the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 installation media into the JavaRConsole system’s CD or DVD-ROM drive.

Windows Image

Ensure that the Windows Server 2003 installation media is accessible from the JavaRConsole system.

Installing the Operating System

Follow these steps to install the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 software onto your your server.

Note - The Solaris Operating System may be preinstalled on your server’s boot disk. The Windows installation will format the boot disk and all data will be lost.

procedure icon  To Install the Operating System

1. Make sure that you have completed all of the requirements listed in Installation Requirements.

2. Power cycle your server.

The BIOS POST process begins.

3. Press F8 when the Press F8 for BBS POPUP prompt appears on the BIOS POST screen (see FIGURE 6-2).

The BBS POPUP menu will allow you to select a boot device.

FIGURE 6-2 F8 Prompt Example

Screenshot showing screen with Press F8 for BBS POPUP (Ctrl+P on Remote Keyboard)

4. Once the BIOS POST process is complete, the Boot Device menu appears (see FIGURE 6-3). If you have selected the Windows Local installation method, insert the Windows media CD in the server’s CD/DVD drive now.

FIGURE 6-3 Boot Device Menu Example

Screenshot of Boot Device Menu, including devices and available network slots

5. Select CD/DVDW from the Boot Device menu and press Enter.

If prompted with Press any key to boot from CD, quickly press any key.

The Windows Setup process begins.

6. Press F6 when you see the following prompt at the bottom of the screen during the Windows Setup process:

Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.

Note - The prompt is displayed in the early stages of Windows Setup and lasts for approximately five seconds and is easy to miss. If you do not press F6 while the prompt is being displayed, the screen allowing you to specify additional drivers is not displayed and the installation will fail. You will need to restart the system and go back to Step 3.

After pressing F6, a screen will appear providing you with the option to specify additional mass storage devices.

FIGURE 6-4 Specify Additional Device Screen

Screen shot of Specify Additional Device screen

7. Make sure that the mass storage drivers are accessible according to the mass storage driver installation method that you have selected.

8. Press S to specify additional devices.

A screen appears listing the available drivers.

FIGURE 6-5 Select Adapter Screen Example

Screenshot of Select SCSI Adapter screen

9. Select the appropriate mass storage controller driver version depending on the version of Windows (32-bit or 64-bit) you are installing, and then press Enter:

Windows Setup will then display your selection.

10. Windows Setup lists the driver to be installed. Press Enter to continue.

FIGURE 6-6 Specify Additional Devices Screen Example

11. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press Enter to continue.

The Setup Selection screen is displayed.

12. Select a setup mode (Express or Custom) and continue.

If you created a RAID volume on your boot disk as part of your prerequisite preparations for installing Windows, press C to select Custom Setup and manually partition the disk. Make sure to reserve a minimum of 200 MB of unpartitioned space at the end of the drive. Otherwise, press Enter to select Express Setup.

FIGURE 6-7 Select Setup Screen

Screenshot of Select Setup screen

13. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup of Windows Server 2003 until you are prompted with the following message:

Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart.

When this message appears you will need to complete one of the following steps, depending on which driver delivery method you have chosen, to complete the installation:

Then, press any key to restart the system and complete the Windows Server 2003 Installation.

14. Proceed to Chapter 8 “Updating the Critical Server-Specific Drivers.”