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.

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.