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Jesse Burkhardt

The following is a photographic chronology of the installation of Windows 2000 Server onto a typical computer. The installation is fairly straightforward. Confusion arises, however, when presented with system server component selections. Making the proper component selections is discussed near the end of this document.

* You may have to ensure that the order of your boot devices is set in your BIOS setup. Usually the order is set to boot from floppy, then CDROM, and then hard drive. If your floppy is empty and you have the installation CDROM in the tray, then the system will boot from the CDROM.

Below is a picture of the initial screen seen when booting off of the Windows 2000 Server Installation CD. Select the first option by pressing the ENTER key.

Hit the F8 key in order to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).

Next, if there is an existing partition, as in this example, highlight the partition where you want the C: drive (where the OS wants live) and hit the D key to delete it if youwant to resize it to 10 GB, which is our recommendation. (If you have no partitions yet you will probably hit the C to continue the Setup installation.)

If there was a previous Microsoft OS installation in this partition you will see the following warning screen. Don't worry about it and hit the ENTER key to proceed.

You will get the following partition deletion warning. Once again go ahead an hit the L key to lose its data.

Now you will have to re-partition the deleted partition. Hit the C key to create a new partition.

The next screen presented shows the full size of size of the partition, 18850 MB in this case.

You will then back space over this number and replace it with 10000 MB, which is the 10 GB partition size that we recommend.

At this point you will now hit the Enter key to continue on with a file system type selection.

Now highlight the NTFS file system type and hot the Enter to actually format your new created 10 GB partition.

You will see the following formatting status bar progress.

You will briefly see an intervening screen saying that the process will begin copying system files onto your just formatted C: drive. Then you will see this status bar showing the system file copy progress.

After the copy process completes, you will see a screen mentioning that the installer is configuring the Windows 2000 OS.

Soon after the installer has finished its initial configuration of the OS, the installer will reboot your system and you will see the familiar boot screen below.

This will then turn into an initial setup boot screen as follows.

Now comes the 2nd phase of your installation process.

First the device driver set is installed and configured.

Click the Next button unless you know how you want make certain standardizations.

Enter your name and organization.

Carefully enter the 25 character proof of ownership key.

Now click Next again, accepting the default.

Give you computer a host name and choose a secure Administrator password.

Here begins where you select component services.

Highlight the IIS (Internet Information Services) component as seen below.

Hitting the Details button will present you with options within the component chosen. We deselect the MS Frontpage software option since it will never be used. Hit the OK button to return to the components interface.

Now highlight Management and Monitoring tools and hit the Details button.

Select all component detail options and hit the OK button. Do the same for the Terminal Services component (not shown here).

Now you will see a panel asking you for your local time and time zone information.

Select the default administration mode.

Now, as illustrated with a progress bar, your selected components will actually be installed.

After this you will see a configuration progress interface.

A finish panel will appear and after removing the installation CD click the Finish button.

A reboot screen will come up.

And again you will see the more familiar boot screen.

You may now log into your new system as Administrator. After partitioning and formatting your remaining disk space, you will now be ready to layer in the various Service Packs and Hotfixes to prevent exploits and application software that you will need. Please visit this link for a list of some of these post installation steps to be taken: Quick 2U/W2K Install HowTo.

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