C H A P T E R  7

Installing Windows Server 2008 (X4540 Server Only)

This chapter describes how to install the Windows Server 2008 operating system directly onto your Sun Fire X4540 server using the Windows Server 2008 media.

Note - Windows Server 2008 is not supported on the Sun Fire X4500 server.

Installation Requirements

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

For all installation methods:

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 Windows media delivery methods that you have chosen earlier, see TABLE 7-1. Note that the mass storage driver for your server’s integrated disk controller is included in the Windows Server 2008 distribution media.

TABLE 7-1 Requirements for Each Installation Method


Action or items required

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 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 7-1).

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

FIGURE 7-1 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 7-2). If you have selected the Windows Local installation method, insert the Windows media DVD in the server’s DVD drive now.

FIGURE 7-2 Boot Device Menu Example

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

5. Select CD/DVD 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 7-3 Select Installation Type Page

7. You will then see the Where to Install Windows page (see FIGURE 7-4), do one of the following:

FIGURE 7-4 Where to Install Windows Page Example

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

8. At the Advanced Driver Options page (see FIGURE 7-5), do the following:

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.

FIGURE 7-5 Windows Partition Management Page

9. The Windows installation begins.

The server will reboot multiple times during the installation process.

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

Note - Windows Server 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 you have created your initial account, the Windows Server 2008 desktop is displayed. The Windows Server 2008 interface is new, review the Microsoft documentation to familiarize yourself with the changes.

11. Proceed to Update the Critical Server-Specific Drivers to install server-specific software and the latest Sun-supported drivers.