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.