Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Windows Operating System Installation Guide

Chapter 5 Installing 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.

Windows Server 2008 Installation Requirements

Before beginning the operating system installation, make sure that you have:

Installing the Windows Server 2008 Operating System

Caution – Caution –

The Windows installation formats the drive you designate as the boot disk. Any pre-existing data on that disk will be lost.

ProcedureTo Install the Operating System

  1. Make sure that you have completed all of the requirements listed in Windows Server 2008 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 5–1).

    The BBS POPUP menu allows you to select a boot device.

    Figure 5–1 F8 BBS POPUP Prompt Example

    Graphic showing the F8 BBS POPUP prompt during boot.

  4. Once the BIOS POST process is complete, the Boot Device menu appears (see Figure 5–2). Insert the Windows Server 2008 media DVD in the server’s DVD drive now.

    Figure 5–2 Boot Device Menu Example

    Graphic that shows selecting the CD/DVD drive from the
boot device menu.

  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 5–3 Select Installation Type Page

    Graphic showing the Windows Select Installation Type

  7. When you see the Where to Install Windows page (see Figure 5–4), do one of the following.

    Figure 5–4 Where to Install Windows Page Example

    Graphic showing the Install Windows page.

    • If you do not want to override the Windows default partition settings, click Next and skip to Step 9.

    • If you do want to override the Windows default partition settings, click Driver Options (advanced) and proceed to the next step.

      Caution – Caution –

      Formatting or repartitioning a pre-existing partition destroys all data on the partition.

  8. At the Where Do You Want to Install Windows page with driver options (see Figure 5–5), do the following.

    Figure 5–5 Altering Partition Information

    Graphic showing the Windows Altering Partition Information

    1. Click Delete to delete the existing partition.

    2. Click New to create the new partition.

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

    4. Click Next.

  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 set up the initial user account.

    Note –

    Windows Server 2008 enforces stronger password schemes for user accounts than previous versions of Windows. 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.

  11. When done, proceed to Chapter 7, Updating the Critical Drivers and Software.