Chapter 1. Installing and configuring servers

Installing new Windows servers on your network is not something to be done casually—you must plan the installation well in advance. Among other things, you must decide what edition of the operating system to install, whether you are installing the full graphical user interface (GUI) or the Server Core option, what your virtualization strategy will be, if any, and what roles you intend to implement on the server. If you are installing Windows Server 2012 R2 for the first time, you might also have to decide whether to add the server to your production network or install it on a test network.

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