Saturday, March 24, 2012

Windows Server 8 Beta Installation and First Look with Screenshots.

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Microsoft recently released Windows Server 8 beta, a test version of next generation Server Operating System, successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft claims that it would be the most significant release of Windows Server ever released. It is the Server version of Windows 8, and the name Windows Server 8 is just a codename and it will be possibly renamed during its market-ready release. I just downloaded Build 8250 beta version of Windows Server 8 and installed for the first time on VMware Workstation 8.

Download link

You can download 64 bit ISO file of Windows Server 8 Beta from this Microsoft Link, log in with Windows Live ID is required for this download.

Suggested hardware requirements.

Microsoft suggests below minimum hardware configuration to start Windows Server 8 installation:

Processor: 1.4 GHz 64 bit
Memory: 512 MB
Disk Space: 32 GB
Peripherals: DVD Drive, VGA display, Keyboard and Mouse.

My configuration

Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation 8 with Core i3 2.27 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 40 GB hard disk.


Installing Windows Server 8 is almost similar to other NT 6.X Operating Systems. Its simple, seamless and faster. Screenshots to follow:

Connect the ISO file and boot the system. This will be the first screen of Windows Server 8 Installation. Is that a fish?

Setup is starting..

Region and Language settings Windows. No harm if you keep the default settings. 

Click 'Install now' button

Accept the license to proceed..

Currently there are only two options to install, Either Datacenter GUI or Datacenter Core (Command line). Possibly, other versions will be included in the next beta release.

Option for upgrade or Clean installation. Upgrade is possible only from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  Here, select custom installation. 

Allocate disk space for installation, Although minimum requirement is 32 GB, I am allocating 40 GB here.

Installation starts. As usual, it will take around 15-30 minutes.

Set password for Administrator, it should be combination of alphabet and numeric. Something I notices which I have not seen in older version of Windows, clicking on the 'eye' icon, you can view the password text!

Once installation is finished, the system will reboot.

This is how log in page of Windows Server 8 looks like. 

Log in as administrator.

Windows Server 8 desktop. Initializing Server Manager.

 Server Manager dashboard. There are lot many differences from former Windows Server versions. Noticeably, there are less graphics. 

I will configure domain controller on Windows Server 8 soon and get back with a new post.

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