Graphical Phase of Setup
1. Graphical setup starts with a long wait, during which time the screen indicates that Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, and Preparing Installation have all been completed. It offers a rough time estimate until completion.
2. After some time, you'll be prompted to select your region and language.
3. On the next screen, input your Name and Organization and press Next.
4. Input your product key (not case sensitive), and press Next.
5. Select the licensing mode appropriate for your installation and the number of licenses that you own. Click Next.
6. On the next screen, input the computer (server) name of your choice. Most businesses will use names that either number the server, or describe its role on the network. For the Administrator Password, use a complex password (containing lower and upper case letters, special characters, and numbers) of at least 7 characters. Click Next.
7. Select Date and Time settings, including time zone and daylight savings. Click Next.
8. After a few more moments, Network Settings will be offered. Typical Settings installs Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Printer Sharing, TCP/IP, and configures the server as a DHCP client. Use Custom Settings if you need to configure a static IP address or other TCP/IP settings. Alternatively, you can do this post-installation. Click Next.
9. If your server is going to be part of a workgroup, input a workgroup name of your choice. If it is going to be part of a domain, you may select the lower option and enter the domain name. If you will be using this server as a domain controller, leave workgroup selected. Promoting the server to Domain Controller will be done post-installation. Click Next.
10. Installation continues, with setup installing and configuring the remaining operating system files, Start menu items, registering components, and saving settings. After removing temporary files, the system will reboot and automatically load the Welcome to Windows dialogue box. Congratulations - installation is finished!