Installing Windows Server 2012


Recently I’ve had a need to setup a Windows Server 2012 and wanted to document the process for future attempts.

I won’t document every single screen, only those that include decisions to be made and considerations to be considered.

 

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I’ll be using this server as a root server for my new IBM Endpoint Manager v9, so a GUI would be very handy during install and general maintenance of that application.

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At first I wanted to go with a regular install… not Custom… so I chose the top option.

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Turns out this is for upgrading an existing OS installation.  Since this is a brand new hard drive with no pre-existing OS, I should have chosen the “Custom” option.  After hitting Close, I was sent back to the very beginning of the installation.

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Once I arrived at the start up screen… it hung there for nearly 30 minutes.  Turns out since I was setting this up on a VMWare ESXi v5.0 server it doesn’t support Windows Server 2012.  So after some research I came across this article: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2006859 

I learned that I had to upgrade my VMWare ESXi server to a patch or v5.1… I opted for v5.1 and was able to get past this sticky part.

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The server manager has been redesigned for the new GUI.  Interesting choices…

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I don’t want this application to come up every time I log in… so choosing the Manager –> Server Manager Properties, I was able to check the “Do not start Server Manager automatically at logon”.

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Now I need to add my new server to my LDAP domain.  Choosing “Local Server” from the left menu…

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Click on “WORKGROUP” and the familiar computer properties dialog opens where you can change these settings.

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One restart later I was able to log in and I’m done.

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