IN THIS CHAPTER
Going through the hardware checklist
Understanding server role configuration
Server setup recipes
Installing Server Core
Installing the basic operating system
Adding services and applications
This chapter reviews the installation of Windows Server 2008. It discusses a number of hardware configurations and setup options and reviews potential obstacles. Several recipes are discussed in this chapter, and most of them use minimum hardware requirements; keep that in mind when ordering your server. We also explain how to achieve a fresh install or upgrade with different server configurations, installation of the Server Core image, and installation of the base OS with Windows Server 2008 GUI. We will have a look at Server Manager and the variety of server roles and features it allows you to install. Several other topics, including SQL Server, ASP, IIS, and Exchange, are also covered to help you understand how they are incorporated into Windows Server 2008.
Before we begin, let's review Microsoft's so-called Core Server installation paradigm, a new type of barebones OS that can also be headless, keyless, and mouseless . . . and Windowless. During the years of Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 (pre-R2) installing the operating system was a nail-biting event. We would always stand and gawk at the screen and hold our breath as certain stages in the installation were completed. Once we got through to the ...