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Installing Windows Server 2003

This guide covers only the setup of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. For information on setting up your network hardware, consult a qualified network technician. The process of installing Windows Server 2003® involves three steps:

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Extract mass storage device drivers. Install the Windows 2003 Server operating system. Install hardware device drivers.

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Extracting drivers

When you install Windows Server 2003, some drivers are not automatically installed and must be installed manually. If you have one of the following devices, extract the correct driver from the Server Companion CD to a diskette before you begin the Windows Server 2003 installation:

Gigabit Ethernet NIC (for Gateway 920, 960, 980, 955, and 975 servers) Integrated Adaptec SCSI controller with RAID (for Gateway 955 and 975 servers) Third IDE channel (for Gateway 920 server)

To extract drivers:

See Using Your Server Companion CD for instructions on extracting drivers.

System Requirements

Important Important: your server may be able to support more memory than your operating system can recognize.

Requirement

Recommended minimum memory Maximum memory supported Maximum number of physical processors Disk space for setup

Standard Edition

256 MB 4 GB 4 1.5 GB

Enterprise Edition

256 MB 32 GB 8 1.5 GB

Web Edition

256 MB 2 GB 2 1.5 GB

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Selecting the disk file system

Any partitions you create during installation must be formatted. You can format each partition using the FAT file system or NTFS. You can also convert an existing FAT partition to NTFS. If you plan to dual boot Windows 2003 Server with MS-DOS® or Windows® 95, you must select the FAT file system. Consider the following when selecting your file system: Considerations

Security

NTFS

Supports complete Windows Server 2003 security, so you can control access to files or folders.

FAT

Files are not protected by the security features of Windows Server 2003.

Activity log

Keeps a log of activities to restore Does not keep a log. the disk in the event of power failure or other problems. Maximum file size is 4 GB to 64 GB, Maximum file size is 4 GB. depending on the size of the clusters. Supports flexible per-file compression. Only recognized by Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. When the computer is running other operating systems, such as MS-DOS or OS/2®, those operating systems cannot access files on an NTFS partition on the same computer. Does not let you share data with MS-DOS on the same partition. Does not support file compression. Allows access to files when your computer is running another operating system, such as MS-DOS or OS/2.

File sizes

File compression Operating system compatibility

MS-DOS data sharing

Lets you share data with MS-DOS on the same partition.

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To install Windows Server 2003:

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Insert the Windows Server 2003 Setup CD into the CD drive, then restart your server. When you see the prompt "Boot from CD," press any key. Your server starts from the CD, and the Window Server 2003, Standard Edition Setup screen opens. A message reminds you that you have 14 days to activate this installation before it is deactivated. Press ENTER. The Welcome to Setup screen opens. Press ENTER. The Licensing Agreement screen opens. To agree to the license agreement conditions, press F8. If an old operating system installation is found and listed on the screen, press ESC to close the message box. The Partition screen opens, which displays existing hard drive partitions.

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Use the arrow keys to select a partition to install to, then press ENTER. If a message tells you that another operating system was found on this partition, press C. The Choose Format Options screen opens.

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Use the arrow keys to select a partition format, then press ENTER. We recommend that you select NTFS file system (Quick). You can also choose to leave the current file system intact (no changes). The Format Confirmation screen opens.

Tips & Tricks When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume you are formatting and the hard drive is then scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time it takes to format a volume. If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. This option should only be used if your hard drive has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard drive is not damaged. If you installed Windows on a partition that was formatted by using the Quick format option, you can check your hard drive by using the chkdsk /r command after the installation has completed.

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To begin formatting, press F. The hard drive is formatted, setup files are copied to the hard drive, then your server restarts. When you see the prompt Boot to CD after your server restarts, do not press any key or the installation process will restart. Wait several seconds until the Regional and Language Options dialog box opens. If you want to change regional settings, click Customize, make your changes, then click OK. If you want to change the keyboard layout, click Details, make your changes, then click OK. Click Next. The Personalize Your Software dialog box opens. Type your name and organization name, then click Next. If you are prompted for your Product Key, type your Product Key in the boxes, then click Next. Your Product Key is located on the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the back or side of your server. The Licensing Modes dialog box opens.

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For your licensing mode, select Per Server and specify the number of concurrent connections (each connection must have its own Client Access License). - OR Select Per Device or Per User (each device or user must have a separate Client Access Licence).

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Click Next. The Computer Name and Administrator Password dialog box opens. Type a unique name for your server in the Computer Name box, type an administrator password in the Administrator password and Confirm password boxes, then click Next. The Date & Time Settings dialog box opens.

Important When creating a password for your server, we recommend you follow these guidelines to help keep the password secure:

Make it at least six characters long. Do not include the words "admin" or "administrator." Use a mixture of both uppercase and lowercase letters. Include numerals. Include non-alphanumeric characters.

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Select the Date, Time, and Time Zone, then click Next. The Networking Settings dialog box opens. Click Typical Settings or Custom Settings, then click Next. If you do not want special settings, we recommend you select Typical Settings. The Workgroup or Computer Domain dialog box opens. Click Workgroup and type the workgroup name or click Domain and type the domain name, then click Next. After the installation has finished, your server reboots, Windows Server 2003 starts, and the Login dialog box opens.

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Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to enter your administrator password.

Tips & Tricks In order to shut down or restart your server, you must enter an Option and Comment in the Shutdown Event Tracker, then click OK.

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Installing hardware device drivers

Important Before installing Small Business Server, BackOffice, or other programs, install your server's hardware device drivers. If you do not install the drivers first, certain program features or components may not be installed.

To install hardware device drivers:

See Using Your Server Companion CD for instructions on installing hardware device drivers.

Disabling the Windows Shutdown Event Tracker

The Shutdown Event Tracker enables you to record the reasons for any unexpected shutdowns of your operating system and appears each time you turn on or restart Windows Server 2003. The Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled by default on all editions of Windows Server 2003.

To disable the Shutdown Event Tracker:

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Click Start, then click Run. The Run dialog box opens. Type gpedit.msc, then click OK. The Group Policy Object Editor window opens. Double-click Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Adminstrative Templates, then double-click System. On the right side of the screen, double-click Disable Shutdown Event Tracker. The Display Shutdown Event Tracker Properties dialog box opens. Click Disabled, then click OK. The Shutdown Event Tracker is disabled.

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