C H A P T E R  7

Install Windows Server 2008

This chapter describes how to install the Windows Server 2008 operating system directly onto your server using the Windows Server 2008 media.

Installation Requirements

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

For all installation methods:

FIGURE 7-1 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 2008 on your server.

For requirements specific to the mass storage driver and Windows media delivery methods that you have chosen, see TABLE 7-1.

TABLE 7-1 Requirements for Each Installation Method


Action or items required

Floppy Disk Local (X4440 only)

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 (X4440 only)

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

Floppy Image (X4440 only)

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

Windows Local

Make sure that the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 installation media and a DVD-ROM drive are available.

Windows Remote

Insert the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 installation media into the JavaRConsole system’s CD or DVD-ROM drive.

Windows Image

Ensure that the Windows Server 2008 installation media is accessible from the JavaRConsole system.

Installing the Operating System

Follow these steps to install the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 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.

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 7-2).

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

FIGURE 7-2 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 7-3). If you have selected the Windows Local installation method, insert the Windows media DVD in the server’s DVD drive now.

FIGURE 7-3 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.

6. The Windows installation wizard starts. Proceed through the installation wizard until you see the Installation Type page displayed, and then click Custom (advanced).

FIGURE 7-4 Select Installation Type Page

7. You will then see the Where Do You Want to Install Windows page (see FIGURE 7-5), do one of the following:

FIGURE 7-5 Where to Install Windows Page Example

i. Click the Load Driver option.

The Load Driver page is displayed.

FIGURE 7-6 Browse to Driver Media

ii. Click OK.

Make sure that the mass storage drivers are accessible according to the mass storage driver installation method that you selected in Chapter 3.

iii. Click the Browse button and navigate to the driver media folder.

FIGURE 7-7 Brows for Folder Screen Example

iv. Select the appropriate driver for your Adaptec-based integrated RAID controller (either the 32-bit version in the i386 folder, or the 64-bit version in the amd64 folder):


v. Click OK.

The Select the Driver to Be Installed page is displayed with the selected driver.

FIGURE 7-8 Selected Driver Page Example

vi. Click Next.

The Where Do You Want to Install Windows page is displayed (see FIGURE 7-5). Proceed to the next step.

8. Do one of the following:

caution icon Caution - Formatting or re-partitioning a pre-existing partition will destroy all data on the partition.

9. At the Advanced Driver Options page (see FIGURE 7-9), do the following:

FIGURE 7-9 Windows Partition Management Page

a. Click Delete to delete the existing partition.

b. Click New to create the new partition.

c. Change size settings as needed, and then click Apply.

d. Click Next and proceed to the next step.

10. The Windows installation begins.

The server will reboot multiple times during the installation process.

11. When Windows installation is complete, Windows starts and prompts you to change the user password. Click OK and proceed to setup the initial user login account.

Note - Windows 2008 enforces stronger password schemes for user accounts. Password standards include restrictions on length, complexity and history. If you need more details, click the Accessibility link at the account creation page.

Once the initial user account is created, the Windows Server 2008 desktop is displayed.

12. Proceed to Chapter 8 “Updating the Critical Server-Specific Drivers” to install server-specific software and the latest Sun-supported drivers.