Windows Server 2003 installation with pre-built template via Network

Some of the Dedicated Servers provided by Cybercon are able to install the Operating System (OS) via the network. For those servers, there is an option of installing the OS from a pre-built template. With that option, the time require to install, patch and update the OS is significantly lowered. If that feature is available to your Dedicated Server, you can setup your server with the pre-built template by following this procedures. If your Dedicated Server do not have it and you are interested in getting it, please contact Cybercon Sales department for more information.

Here are the steps for installing Windows Server 2003 from a template.

1. Boot your server via PXE Boot. If it is a new server setup or there is no operating system (OS) installed previously in the server hard disk, the server should boot via the PXE automatically. Otherwise, you may need to press a key to instruct the server to do so. For HP blade server, you need to press F12 while booting.
PXE Boot Menu - Main Menu
2. Once you boot to the Main menu, use your up/down arrow keys and navigate to Client Area and hit Enter. In order to go to the Client Area, you need to enter the word “acknowledge” to acknowledge that tools inside the client area COULD ERASE DATA ON THE SERVER HARDDISK(s). If you are not sure whether you have important data you need to save in the server hard disk, you should STOP NOW AND REBOOT THE SERVER.
PXE Boot - Client - Operating System
3. In the next menu, choose Operating System Installation and press Enter.
Windows Server 2003 - PXE boot menu
4. Select Windows Server 2003 (32bit or 64bit of your choice) Standard Edition installation from pre-built template and hit Enter.
Windows Server 2003 - Partitioning
5. The server should now booting to a Windows environment. And after it finish booting, it should start applying the template to your server. However, before the actual server image being applied to the hard disk, it creates a partition first.
Windows Server 2003 - Applying template imgae
6. Once the partition is created, the installer will start applying the template image to the server. You will see the progress on the screen. For a 5GB image, it takes about 5-7 mins. Time required varies from server to server and also depends on the actual template image size.
Windows Server 2003 - Image done cloning
7. Once the template imaging is done, the server should reboot by itself. DO NOT REBOOT or RESET the server right away manually, let it reboot by itself. The server may just sit there at the command prompt and take up to 2 minutes before it actually reboot.
Windows Server 2003 - EMS Connection Detected
8. When Windows Server boots, a Window may pop up and say “EMS connection has been dectected”. Simply click “OK” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Welcome screen
9. In the Windows welcome screen, click “Next” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Windows License
10. Check the box next to “I accept this agreement” to accept the Windows License Agreement and click “Next” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Name information
11. Enter the Name, Organization name and click “Next”.
Windows Server 2003 - Product Key
12. Enter the Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Product Key and click “Next” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Admin password
13. Enter the Server name as well as the Administrator Password and then click “Next”.
Windows Server 2003 Welcome Screen
14. At the end, the Windows Server should display the standard Welcome to Windows screen with “Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to begin” text. Just press “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Login screen
15. Enter the user name Administrator and password you created in step 13, then click “OK” to continue.
Windows Server 2003 - Network properties
16. Once you are in the Windows Server Desktop, click “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Network Connections” > right click “Local Area Connection”. Then select “Properties”
Windows Server 2003 - LAN TCP/IP properties
17. In Local Area Connection Properties window, highlight “Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button.
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18. Enter the IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway as well as the DNS servers IP information. Click “OK” to continue.
Windows server 2003 - My Computer Properties
19. After that, we need to enable Remote Desktop to allow remote management via RDP. To do so, click the “Start” button, then right click “My Computer” and choose “Properties”.
Windows Server 2003 - Enable Remote Desktop
20. In the System Properties window, click the “Remote” tab and check “Enable Remote Desktop on this computer”.
Windows Server 2003 - Adjust Date / Time
21. Also, double check and make sure the time and date are correct. If not, right click the clock located on the right side of the task bar and choose “Adjust Date/Time”. You need to make sure the date/time is correct otherwise Windows Update may not work.
Windows Server 2003 - Launch Windows Update
22. Once the clock is set correctly, click the “Start” button, then “All Programs” and follows by choosing “Windows Update”.
Windows Server 2003 - Windows Updates
23. Once the Windows Update screen is up, you can choose either “Express” or “Custom” update. If you want to install all the available updates, please choose “Custom”, otherwise “Express”. After updating the server, you can start customize your server based on your own preferences.

Windows 8 Desktop installation with pre-built template via Network

Some of the Dedicated Servers provided by Cybercon are able to install the Operating System (OS) via the network. For those servers, there is an option of installing the OS from a pre-built template. With that option, the time require to install, patch and update the OS is significantly lowered. If that feature is available to your Dedicated Server, you can setup your server with the pre-built template by following this procedures. If your Dedicated Server do not have it and you are interested in getting it, please contact Cybercon Sales department for more information.

Here are the steps for installing Windows Server 2012 from a template.

1. Boot your server via PXE Boot. If it is a new server setup or there is no operating system (OS) installed previously in the server hard disk, the server should boot via the PXE automatically. Otherwise, you may need to press a key to instruct the server to do so. For HP blade server, you need to press F12 while booting.
PXE Boot Menu - Main Menu
2. Once you boot to the Main menu, use your up/down arrow keys and navigate to Client Area and hit Enter. In order to go to the Client Area, you need to enter the word “acknowledge” to acknowledge that tools inside the client area COULD ERASE DATA ON THE SERVER HARDDISK(s). If you are not sure if you have important data you need to save in the server hard disk, you should STOP NOW AND REBOOT THE SERVER.
PXE Boot - Client - Operating System
3. In the next menu, choose Operating System Installation and press Enter.
PXE Boot - Client - OS choices
4. Select Microsoft Windows and hit Enter to continue.
PXE Boot - Client - Windows 8
5. Select Windows 8 Pro Desktop installation from pre-built template and hit Enter.
PXE Boot - Client - Install script
6. The system will boot to a Windows environment and run the installation script. It will first partition the boot drive and then apply the template image to the partitions.
Done applying template image
7. After the template image is deployed to the server, it will restart by itself. PLEASE DO NOT REBOOT THE SERVER MANUALLY. Just wait for it to reboot by itself.
Windows 8 License screen
8. The server should restart and boot to the Windows 8 screen and wait for the user to accept the License.
Windows 8 personalize screen
9. Now, we need to customized the Windows 8. Select the main color and enter the name for the computer. Click Next to continue.
Windows 8 Express Settings screen
10. In the Settings section, click “Use express settings” to continue.
Windows 8 User Sign in setup
11. For the “Sign in to your PC” screen, choose “Sign in without a Microsoft account”.
Windows 8 - Choose local account
12. Select “Local account” to continue.
Windows 8 create user
13. Enter the user name and password. Click “Finish” to finish initial Windows 8 configuration.
Windows 8 - Search
14. Once you see the Default Windows 8 Start screen, move your mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen. A side bar will appear from the right side of the screen. Click the “Search” icon on the bar.
Windows 8 - SLUI.EXE
15. Inside the search box, enter slui.exe 0x3. Hit enter or click the icon on the left.
Windows 8 - Windows Activation
16. A Windows Activation screen will pop up. Enter the Product key and click “Activate” to continue.
Windows 8 - Windows activated
17. Once you correctly enter the Windows Product Key and click the activate, Windows 8 should report back with “Thanks, you’re all done”. If you have issue activating the Windows, please check your product key, you internet connection. Also, make sure the date and time is set correctly.
Windows 8 - Open Network and Sharing Center
18. Once the Windows is activated, right click the little network icon on the lower right hand corner of the Windows Desktop and choose “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
Windows 8 - Change adapter settings
19. In the Network and Sharing Center windows, click “Change adapter settings”.
Windows 8 - Network interface properties
20. In the Network Connection screen, right click “Ethernet” and choose “Properties”.
Windows 8 - TCP/IP v4 settings.
21. Windows 8 default at “Obtain an IP address automatically”. Cybercon Dedicated Server in the Blade server group should work with this settings without any issue, however, it is better to assign a static IP address and DNS servers info to the network interface permanently. It is because your server/PC will not rely on Cybercon provided DHCP server to function.
Windows 8 - Search
22. Repeat step 14 to click the Search icon from the side bar.
Windows 8 - Search Computer
23. In the search box, type “Computer”.
Windows 8 - Computer Properties
24. Right click the “Computer” icon on the left and choose “Properties” at the bottom.
Windows 8 - Remote settings
25. Click “Remote settings”
Windows 8 - Enable Remote Desktop
26. In the System Properties screen, click the “Remote” tab and choose “Allow remote connections to this computer”. If you are using a older Windows Desktop machine, you may need to uncheck “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)”. Click OK to continue.
Windows 8 - System and Security screen
27. Now, click “System and Security” from the top navigation bar “i.e. Control Panel > System and Security”. Click “Check for updates” under Windows Update section.
Windows 8 - Windows update
28. Update your Windows if it reports update is available. Once that is done, your Windows 8 Desktop machine is now ready to be use.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 network install via PXE

Some of the Dedicated Servers provided by Cybercon are able to install the Operating System (OS) via the network. If your Dedicated Server do not have this feature and you are interested in getting it, please contact Cybercon Sales department for more information.

Here are the steps for installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012.

1. Boot your server via PXE Boot. If it is a new server setup or there is no operating system (OS) installed previously in the server hard disk, the server should boot via the PXE automatically. Otherwise, you may need to press a key to instruct the server to do so. For HP blade server, you need to press F12 while booting.
Cybercon Server Utility Main Menu
2. Once you boot to the Main menu, use your up/down arrow keys and navigate to Client Area and hit Enter. In order to go to the Client Area, you need to enter the word “acknowledge” to acknowledge that tools inside the client area COULD ERASE DATA ON THE SERVER HARDDISK(s). If you are not sure if you have important data you need to save in the server hard disk, you should STOP NOW AND REBOOT THE SERVER.
Client Area
3. In the next menu, choose Operating System Installation and press Enter.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
4. Select Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 installation and hit Enter.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Setup Screen
5. The server should boot to a Windows PE environment and at the end, you should see the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Setup screen. Choose your prefered Language, Time and Currency format and Keyboard layout and click Next to continue.

Install Now
6. Click “Install now” to start the installtion process.

License and Terms
7. Check the box next to “I accept the license terms and click Next.
Hyper-V install: Select Custom install
8. Choose “Custom: Install the newer version of Hyper-V Server only (advanced)”
Hyper-V: Dirve selection
9. Select the drive you like to install Hyper-V to and click Next to continue.
Hyper-V: Copying files
10. The Hyper-V installer will start copying files to your server. Once the installation process is done, it will reboot the server automatically.
Hyper-V: First screen after install
11. Since it is the first time the Hyper-V server boot up after the installation, it will prompt the user to change the password for the Administrator account. Just hit “OK” to continue.
Hyper-V: Create Administrator Password
12. In the next screen, enter the new password you want to assign to the user Administrator. Press Enter after you done.
Hyper-V: Admin account password updated
13. After the password of the Administrator account is updated, press “OK” once to continue.
Hyper-V: Server Configuration Screen
14. The Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 installation is completed now. You can customize your own settings from the Server Configuration screen or via the Command Line.

Windows 2008R2 installation with pre-built template via Network

Some of the Dedicated Servers provided by Cybercon are able to install the Operating System (OS) via the network. For those servers, there is an option of installing the OS from a pre-built template. With that option, the time require to install, patch and update the OS is significantly lowered. If that feature is available to your Dedicated Server, you can setup your server with the pre-built template by following this procedures. If your Dedicated Server do not have it and you are interested in getting it, please contact Cybercon Sales department for more information.

Here are the steps for installing Windows Server 2008 R2 from a template.

1. Boot your server via PXE Boot. If it is a new server setup or there is no operating system (OS) installed previously in the server hard disk, the server should boot via the PXE automatically. Otherwise, you may need to press a key to instruct the server to do so. For HP blade server, you need to press F12 while booting.
Cybercon Server Utility Main Menu
2. Once you boot to the Main menu, use your up/down arrow keys and navigate to Client Area and hit Enter. In order to go to the Client Area, you need to enter the word “acknowledge” to acknowledge that tools inside the client area COULD ERASE DATA ON THE SERVER HARDDISK(s). If you are not sure if you have important data you need to save in the server hard disk, you should STOP NOW AND REBOOT THE SERVER.
Client Area
3. In the next menu, choose Operating System Installation and press Enter.
Choose Windows Server Template
4. Select Win Svr 2008 R2 installation from pre-built template and hit Enter.
Windows PE environment - Disk partitioning
5. The server should now booting to a Windows environment. And after it finish booting, it should start the apply the template to your server. However, before the actual server image being apply to the hard disk, it will create a partition first.
Applying Template Image
6. Once the partition is created, the installer will start applying the template image to the server. You will see progress on the screen. For a 5GB image, it takes about 5-7 mins. Time required varies from server to server and also depends on the actual template image size.
Imaging finish, reboot server
7. Once the template imaging is done, the server should reboot by itself. DO NOT REBOOT or RESET the server right away manually, let it reboot by itself. The server may just sit there at the command prompt and take up to 2 minutes before it actually reboot.
Windows Boot Manager
8. When Windows Server boots, it will boot to a Windows Boot Manager. Just choose the default option “Windows Server 2008 R2” and hit enter to continue. Or you can just wait until it time out and boot from the default selection.
Setup is starting services
9. Windows will start the require services
Setup is installing devices
10. Then it will install devices.
Applying System Settings
11. After that, it will apply new system settings.
Restarting the server by Setup installer script
12. Once that is done, the server will automatically reboot by itself.
First time boot up - Set up Windows
13. Windows will reboot to a first time setup screen. Select the “Country or region”, “Time and currency” and “Keyboard layout”. Click Next to continue.
Microsoft Software License Terms
14. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms and check the box next to “I accept the license terms” if you agree and click the “Start” button.
Change Admin password
15. Since this is the first time you try to log in to the server, the Windows Server will ask you to create a password for the Administrator account. Just press OK to continue.
Creating Password for Administrator
16. Enter the password in the 2 boxes provided and hit Enter.
Network status
17. The server will boot the Window Desktop GUI. Once it is done, take a look at the bottom right hand corner. You may need to wait for a minute or two until everything is loaded. If after everything is loaded and you still see a red “X” on the Network Icon, please proceed to the next step. Otherwise, if the network icon looks normal, please skip to step 24.
Computer Properties
18. If network is not working, click the Start button, then right click Computer and choose Properties.
Choose Device Manager
19. In the System window, click Device Manager.
Uninstall NIC drivers
20. In the Device Manager window, right click the “HP NC532i Dual Port ……” and choose “Uninstall”
Delete driver software
21. In the Confirm Device Uninstall window, be sure you check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device” and click OK to continue. Repeat step 20 and 21 for the 2nd network card.
Scan for hardware changes
22. Now, click Action from the drop down menu and select “Scan for hardware changes”
Network is working
23. Windows should find the Network cards again and supply them with the correct driver this time.
Run Windows Updates
24. Once the Network is up and running, you can now check the server for new updates.
Windows Auto Update
25. For the first time to run Windows Update, you need to choose how you want your server update. You can choose “Turn on automatic updates” or “Let me choose my settings”.
Install Updates
26. Install the updates if needed.
Change Server name, product key and Windows Activation
27. After the update, make sure you change the server name, Product Key and activate the Windows. Typically you have 3 days grace period.
28. By default, the server Network TCP/IP settings for the network interface are obtained automatically (DHCP client), it is highly recommended you change it to static IP.

Ubuntu Linux network installation with PXE Boot

If the server you are using supports PXE boot, you can install or re-install your server operating system by booting to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot.


1. Once the server boot to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot, you can select Client Area from the menu. Please noted that entering the Client Area and using the utilities available in that area may cause data loss in the server (Such as clean OS reinstallation). Proceed only if you are 100% sure you do not need any data from the server or you have data backup in a different location outside the server.

2. In order to access the client area, you need to enter the word acknowledge as password to confirm that you understand the risk of losing data when performing OS installation.

3. Select Operating System Installation from the Client Area Menu.

4. Select Linux OS from the Operating System Installation Menu.

5. Select Ubuntu Linux from the Linux OS Menu.

6. Select Ubuntu Server 12.04.01 LTS (64bit) (or the 32bit version if you prefer)

7. The official Ubuntu install menu should start. Just choose Install.

8. In the first Ubuntu installer screen, select your prefer language for the installation process. In our example here, we choose English.

9. Choose the location for your time zone. United States is the default location we set in our example here.

10. The next question the Ubuntu installer ask is if you allow the installer to detect the keyboard you are using for the installation. We choose No and select the keyboard ourselves.

11. So now, the installer prompt you to select the keyboard. We choose English (US).

12. As for the Keyboard layout, select English (US) as well.

13. In the next scree, enter the Hostname for your server. This is going to be the server name.

14. By default, Ubuntu installer install the package files from one of the mirror sites. Therefore, select the region where the server is located. In our example here, we choose United States.

15. Based on the answer (location) we selected in the previous question, Ubuntu installer will suggest a archive mirror. Just hit enter to accept the default suggestion.

16. For the HTTP proxy information, just leave it blank since we are not using any Proxy Server for the HTTP access.

17. The Ubuntu Installer now loading some additional components.

18. Now, you need to enter the Full name you normal use for managing the server. This user is a non-root user. For security reason, Ubuntu prefer using a normal user for server management instead of root user.

19. Enter the username for the account you are creating. This is the log in name as well.

20. Enter the password for the account. You need to confirm the password when asked.

21. The next question from the Ubuntu Installer is if you need to Encrypt the new user home directory. It is up to you as far as security concern, in our setup example here, we choose the default answer which is No.

22. As for the server time zone setting in the next question, if the default location is fine, choose Yes. Otherwise, select No.

23. Since we need to choose the US Central time zone, therefore Chicago is selected.

24. In the next question regarding Disk Partition, you can choose your own partition scheme. In our example, we choose Guide – use entire disk.

25. Select the disk you like to use.

26. The Ubuntu installer will then ask you to confirm the partition scheme, choose Yes to write changes to the disk(s).

27. After that, the disk will be partitioned and formatted.

28. Once formatting is done, the install will install the base system and other related files.

29. As for the how the server handle system updates, we choose No automatic updates. We prefer update the server manually so that we can schedule the updates in maintenance window we prefer.

30. Select the package you like to install to your server. Select LAMP server if you are using the server as a Web server running PHP and MySQL. (LAMP = Linux Apache MySQL PHP)

31. Since we choose LAMP as the server package, so we need to enter the password for the MySQL root user.

32. We are almost done here. Now the Ubuntu installer ask you if you like to install GRUB boot loader in the master boot record, choose Yes.

33. For the System clock set to UTC question, it is up to you if you prefer set to UTC or not. In our example, we choose yes.

34. Now the installation is complete. Hit Continue will end the installation and the server will reboot by itself. After the server finish booting up, you can log in with the user you created during the setup and perform the following tasks.

– At the command prompt, enter “sudo apt-get update”.
– At the command prompt, enter “sudo apt-get -u upgrade”.
– At the command prompt, enter “sudo apt-get -y install ssh”.
– At the command prompt, enter “sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces”
– Replace the line that said “iface eth0 inet dhcp” with

iface eth0 inet static
address {{IP_ADDRESS}}
gateway {{GATEWAY}}
netmask {{SUBNET_MASK}}

(You can find the IP_ADDRESS, GATEWAY and SUBNET_MASK info from the Cybercon welcome email. If you are not able to locate the email, please contact Cybercon support for assistant.)

– Save the file and exit.
– At the command prompt, enter “sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart” to restart the network.
– Ping google.com to test if the network is working.

After that, Ubuntu Server installation is done.

Windows Server 2008r2 netinstall for HP Blade Server via PXE Boot

If the server you are using supports PXE boot, you can install or re-install your server operating system by booting to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot.


1. Once the server boot to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot, you can select Client Area from the menu. Please noted that entering the Client Area and using the utilities available in that area may cause data loss in the server (Such as clean OS reinstallation). Proceed only if you are 100% sure you do not need any data from the server or you have data backup in a different location outside the server.

2. In order to access the client area, you need to enter the word acknowledge as password to confirm that you understand the risk of losing data when performing OS installation.

3. Select Operating System Installation from the Client Area Menu.

4. Select Microsoft Windows

5. For 64bit Microsoft Windows Server such as Windows Server 2008r2, choose HP SmartStart Version 8.7 (64bit)

6. That should launch the HP SmartStart utility. In the first screen, select English for the preferred language and US English for current keyboard. Of course, you can choose other available language and keyboard based on your own preference. Click Next to continue.

7. Click Agree to accept the HP End User License Agreement.

8. Click the Install icon on the left to start the installation.

9. Select the disk you like to install the OS to and click Next.

10. Navigate to the desire Windows version and check it. In this example, we will check the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Web Server x64. Click Next to continue.

11. For Select where you would like to install the OS from, choose Network File Share. And choose CD/DVD Archive file (.ISO) for Select operating system media format. Click Next to continue.

12. Choose eth0 for the Network Device along with DHCP. And enter the rest of the Network share information as follow.
Server Name: eaglessmb.cybercon.net
User name: client
As for the password, please contact Cybercon support team

Once you fill out the information, click Next.


13. Double click net0.

14. Select the corresponding ISO file. In our case here, we select Win2K8_R2_standard
_enterprise_datacenter_web_x64.iso. Please note that you need to have a Product Key to activate the Windows Server after the installation. The Windows server will stop functioning after a short while if you do not activate it.

15. Choose the Disk Partitioning scheme you prefer. In our example here, we choose the entire drive with NTFS file system. Click Next to continue.

16. In this screen, you need to enter the server information such as Server name, Administrator password etc. Once you finish entering the information, click Next.

17. In the next screen, the HP SmartStart installer will ask you if you need to install SNMP and the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for Windows. In our example, we choose No for both questions and click Next.

18. Now, the installer will ask you how you like to install the server driver support pack. Just choose Express and click Next.

19. At this point, we are about to install the Server OS. Please review the installation information and see if everything is correct. If yes, click Next. Otherwise, you can choose Exit to stop the installation or click Previous to modify the settings.

20. The HP SmartStart will partition the disk and format it follow by copying the necessary files to the server for the installation.

21. At one point, the HP SmartStart installer will prompt you to accept the Microsoft Windows License. You can check the check box and click Accept or ignore it this time. If you do nothing at this point, the installer will continue the installation and Windows will prompt you to accept the License at a later time.

22. Once the require files are copies to the server, the server will reboot and the Windows installer take over the installation. The server will reboot one more time to the log on screen.

23. Go ahead and log in with user Administrator and password you created earlier.

24. As this is the first time you log in to the newly installed Windows Server, therefore the HP SmartStart installer initiate the driver and utilities installation. In order to complete the process, the server will need to reboot one more time.

25. After the server finish rebooting, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log in.

26. Your Microsoft Windows Server installation is now finish. However, there are couple other tasks need to do.

27. First, we need to bind an static IP address to the server. To do so, right click the Network icon at the lower right hand corner of the screen then choose Open Network and Sharing Center.

28. In the left hand side of the Network and Sharing Center window, choose Change adapter settings.
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29. Right click Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

30. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.

31. Enter the IP address information based on Cybercon supplied information and click OK when done.

32. Be sure to run Windows Update to patch and update the newly installed server. Once that is done, the Microsoft Windows Server 2008r2 installation in complete.

CentOS 6.3 network installation with PXE Boot

If the server you are using supports PXE boot, you can install or re-install your server operating system by booting to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot.


1. Once the server boot to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot, you can select Client Area from the menu. Please noted that entering the Client Area and using the utilities available in that area may cause data loss in the server (Such as clean OS reinstallation). Proceed only if you are 100% sure you do not need any data from the server or you have data backup in a different location outside the server.

2. In order to access the client area, you need to enter the word acknowledge as password to confirm that you understand the risk of losing data when performing OS installation.

3. Select Operating System Installation from the Client Area Menu.

4. Select Linux OS from the Operating System Installation Menu.

5. Select CentOS Linux from the Linux OS Menu.

6. Select CentOS Linux ver 6.3 from the CentOS Linux Menu.

7. There are 4 choices in the CentOS Linux ver 6.3 Menu. Choose between 64bit and 32bit. If you want to customize your own installation, please choose Normal Install, otherwise, select Quick Install. In our example here, we choose Quick Install (64bit)

8. If the storage disk you are planning to install CentOS to is blank, CentOS installer may prompt you a Warning message. All you need to do is choose either Re-initialize or Re-initialize all.

9. In the next screen, the CentOS installer will ask you to enter the root password for the server. Just enter your desire root password twice and choose OK to continue.

10. In the next screen, the CentOS installer will ask you how you like to partition the drive. Typically, choose Use entire drive and then hit OK to continue

11. The CentOS installer will partition your drive and format the partition. It depends on the size of the drive/partition, it may take some times.

12. Once the Installer finish formatting the partition, it will start the Package Installation.

13. After the Package Installation, the Installer will run the post-installation scripts. And that includes updating the OS from the Internet directly.

14. After the post-installation scripts is done, the server will reboot by itself.

15. Once the server finish rebooting, it will launch the first time boot setup screen. You can customize the firewall and keyboard configuration here as well as the System services. The most important is the Network configuration. So choose Network configuration and hit Run Tool.

16. In the next screen, select Device configuration.

17. In the Select A Device screen, choose eth0.

18. Remove the check mark in Use DHCP and enter the Static IP, Netmask and Default gateway IP based on the IP information obtained from Cybercon. For Primary DNS server, you can enter 216.15.129.205 and 216.15.129.206. Hit OK when it is done.

19. Now,choose DNS configuration.

20. Enter the server and domain name in the Hostname area. The name you enter here will be the name of the server. Hit Ok when it is done.

21. Now, hit Save&Quit to save the changes.

22. Now your CentOS 6.3 server is ready to go.

How to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server?

Installation of Ubuntu Server is pretty straight forward. If you have a Linux background, you should be able to install it without any trouble. In the following paragraphs, I will show you how to install it on a HP blade server. The process of install it on a different server should be some what the same.

1. If you are install in via the HP iLO interface, choose the Java based Remote Console instead of ActiveX based Integrated Remote Console. I ran into problem with the Enter key with the integrated Remote Console.

2. Once you boot from the Ubuntu DVD/ISO image, you will see the Language screen. Just choose your favorite language to continue.

3. In the main menu, select Install Ubuntu Server to continue.

4. In the next screen, Ubuntu install script will ask you the language again. The language you choose here will also be the language for the install system.

5. Now, just choose the zone your server is going to be located or the zone you want the server to be set at.

6. The Install script will then ask you if you like it to detect the keyboard. I usually choose No since I know what keyboard I am going to use.

7. Now, choose the desired keyboard from the list.

8. Select the Type of keyboard you use.

9. In the next screen, the installation script will ask you to configure the network interface. Just choose eth0 and continue.

10. In our server environment, we need to set the network manually, so choose Configure network manually.

11. Enter the IP address assigned to you by Cybercon. Your IP address maybe different from the screen shot provided.

12. Enter the gateway IP assigned to you by Cybercon. Your gateway IP maybe different from the screen shot provided.

13. Now, enter the Netmask provided by Cybercon.

14. In the DNS server field, enter the one assigned to you.

15. Enter the hostname of the server.

16. In Ubuntu, you need to create at least one user and you log in to the server with that user instead of root. Just enter the user name you prefer.

17. The install script will also ask if you like to encrypt the home directory. It is up to you if you like to do that or not. By default, I will choose No.

18. Select your time zone and continue.

19. For hard disk partition, choose the one you familiar with. In general, I use the entire disk and use LVM. So I choose Guided – user entire disk and set up LVM.

20. Select the available disk and continue.

21. The installation script will ask you to confirm the partition scheme. Just confirm it to continue.

22. Enter the amount of space you like to use. If you want to use all the available space, just hit Enter.

23. Hit Yes to confirm the changes.

24. The installation script will install the files to your server now.

25. In the next screen, just leave the Proxy setting blank and continue.

26. For automatic updates, I normally want to do it manually so that I have more control.

27. Select the packages you like to install. If you want to SSH to the server, be sure to include OpenSSH Server.

28. If you select LAMP setup, the installation script will install MySQL for you. And in the next screen it will prompt you to enter the MySQL root user password. Just enter the password to continue. You need to confirm the password in the next screen.

29. Now, the installation script need to write GRUB boot loader to the MBR. Just choose Yes to continue.

30. The Ubuntu Server installation is now completed. Hit Continue or Enter key to reboot the server. After the reboot, you should be able to log in to the Ubuntu server at the console.

How to configure Network Settings in CentOS command mode?

1. Log in to the CentOS via console.

2. Change directory to /etc/sysconfig/

3. Add the gateway information to the file network. You can use a text editor such as nano or vi to edit the file.

i.e. vi /etc/sysconfig/network

The network file should look similar to this

NETWORKING=yes
HOSTNAME=myserver.cybercon.net
GATEWAY=184.175.92.241

Please note that your gateway and hostname should be different from the above example. Once you finish adding the GATEWAY line, save the file and exit.

4. Next, you need to modify the Ehternet interface 0 file located at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

i.e.

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

DEVICE="eth0"
NM_CONTROLLED="yes"
ONBOOT="yes"
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
IPADDR=192.168.0.2

Again, your IPADDR and NETMASK settings may be different from the above example. Once you finish editing the file, save it and exit.

5. The next file you need to modify is resolv.conf located in /etc/resolv.conf

Add the following 2 lines to the file.

nameserver 216.15.129.205
nameserver 216.15.129.206

Please check the welcome email you received from Cybercon for the name server IP address. Yours may not be 216.15.129.205 or 216.15.129.206. Once that is done, save the file and exit.

6. After you modify all the above files, you need to restart the network. You can do so by issuing the following command.

service network restart

CentOS 6.2 Installation with HP Server Management Console

1. Open Internet Explorer and go to the URL provided by Cybercon. (You can find the URL from the welcome email you received from Cybercon after you order the service). Log in with your customer ID and password in the HP iLO web management interface.
2. In the iLO interface, click the Virtual Media tab.
3. Single click the Virtual Media Applet link.
4. Click the Browse button and locate the CentOS 6.2 ISO image in your local computer.
5. Once that is done, click the Connect button to connect the ISO as a CD/DVD drive.
6. Do not close the Java window, just switch back to HP iLO interface and click the Remote Console tab following by clicking the Integrated Remote Console link.
7. From the top of the console screen, click the Power button and then choose Momentary Press to power on the physical server.
8. The server should boot from your ISO/CD/DVD image. Select Install or upgrade an existing system to continue.
9. In the next screen, choose Skip to skip the media test.
10. In the first install graphical screen, press Next to continue.
11. Choose the Installation process language and click Next.
12. Select the Keyboard type and click Next.
13. Select Basic Storage Devices and click Next.
14. In the next screen, choose Fresh Installation and click Next.
15. Enter the Server host name and click the Configure Network button.
16. In the Network Connections window, highlight the System eth0 and click the Edit button.
17. Check the box next to Connect automatically. Under IPv4 Settings tab, select Manual in Method drop down box. Enter the IP address, subnet mask, Gateway and DNS servers information provided by Cybercon from the Welcome Email you received. Click Apply to save the changes.
18. In the next screen, enter the root password and then click Next to continue.
19. For new install, just choose Use All Space and continue.
20. In the next screen, select the package set you like to install. In our example here, I just choose Minimal.
21. The server will start the installation. Once that is done, click the Reboot button to reboot the server.