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.