Installing Windows Server 2012

After downloading the evaluation ISO file of Windows Server 2012,

its time to install it. But before, know the system requirements :

  • CPU : minimum 1.4GHz 64-bit
  • RAM : minimum 512 MB
  • Disk space : minimum 32 GB

Then follow these procedures:

  1. Burn the ISO image to a DVD and boot from it.
  2. Choose your Windows Server 2012 edition:
  • Foundation : good for up to 15 users
  • Essentials : good for up to 25 users
  • Standard : good for most enterprise environments
  • Datacenter : good for virtualized and cloud environments

Want to know more about editions? Go to this.

* Note that for every edition, you can choose between the GUI or the Server Core installation.

3.    Choose the Upgrade or a Custom installation option. If choose Custom, you can repartition and install a fresh  Windows.

4.    Wait for the installation to be completed. Then the system will reboot.

5.    Set a username and password (a complex one please !)

6.    Click Finish and hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete to login.

7.    You will be presented with a new Server Manager screen, that simplifies administration of the new server.


You might have noticed that installation of Windows Server 2012 is a bit like Windows 8 installation. Also the visual interfaces and tiles are  somehow the same. Damn ! again NO START MENU key for Windows Server 2012, the same as Windows 8.


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