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.
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.
4. Select Windows Server 2003 (32bit or 64bit of your choice) Standard Edition installation from pre-built template and hit Enter.
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.
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.
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.
8. When Windows Server boots, a Window may pop up and say “EMS connection has been dectected”. Simply click “OK” to continue.
10. Check the box next to “I accept this agreement” to accept the Windows License Agreement and click “Next” to continue.
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.
15. Enter the user name Administrator and password you created in step 13, then click “OK” to continue.
16. Once you are in the Windows Server Desktop, click “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Network Connections” > right click “Local Area Connection”. Then select “Properties”
17. In Local Area Connection Properties window, highlight “Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button.
18. Enter the IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway as well as the DNS servers IP information. Click “OK” to continue.
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”.
20. In the System Properties window, click the “Remote” tab and check “Enable Remote Desktop on this computer”.
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.
22. Once the clock is set correctly, click the “Start” button, then “All Programs” and follows by choosing “Windows Update”.