How to Install Windows Server 2003 R2

Windows Server 2003 is the more scalable and better performing successor of Windows Server 2000. This article describes how to install Windows Server 2003 R2.

Initial Setup

The first part of the Windows Server installation uses a text user interface.

Install Windows1. Boot your computer from the Windows 2003 R2 CD number 1. Press Enter in the Welcome to Setup screen.
Windows Licensing Agreement2. Press F8 to agree to the Windows Licensing Agreement.
Install Partition3. Select the partition where you wish to install Windows 2003 and press Enter.
Install Format4. Select the file system of the partition and press Enter to start the format process. The default which is NTFS file system is the best.
Install Copy5. Install will now start copying the basic files and will automatically reboot when finished.

GUI Setup

The second part of the Windows Server installation uses a graphical user interface.

Installing Devices1. After rebooting, installation will continue in a GUI environment.
Regional and Language Options2. Customize the way number, dates, currencies and time are displayed and click Next to continue.
Personalize Your Software3. Fill in the Name and Organization fields and click Next to continue.
Product Key4. Enter your Product Key and click Next to continue.
Licensing Modes5. Select your licensing mode and click Next to continue.
Computer and Administrator Password6. Fill in the Computer name, Administrator password and Confirm password and click Next to continue.
Date and Time Settings7. Set the correct date and time and click Next to continue.
Network Settings8. Leave the default selection Typical Settings and click Next to continue.
Workgroup or Computer Domain9. Choose whether the computer will be a member of a workgroup or a domain and click Next to continue.
Copying files10. Setup will continue copying files and automatically reboot when finished.

Windows Server Setup

The third part of the Windows Server installation will be performed inside Windows Server itself.

Welcome to Windows1. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to log on to Windows.
Log on to Windows2. Type in your password and click Ok to continue.
Windows Setup3. Load the Windows Server 2003 R2 CD number 2 and click Ok.
Windows Server 2003 R2 Setup Wizard4. Click Next to continue.
Setup Summary5. Click Next to continue.
Updating6. Setup is now updating the files.
Update Complete7. Click Finish to continue.

Windows Server Post Setup

Before completing the Windows Server installation, we need to install the latest updates available.

Post Setup1. If an internet connection is available, click Update this server to begin updating your server. Next click Configure automatic updating for this server.
Post Setup2. Click Finish and click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
Manage Your Server3. Your Windows Server 2003 is now available.

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