Installing Windows Server 2016 on Bare Metal Step-By-Step


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Insert Windows Server 2016 DVD and boot your computer from the DVD. If you do not have the media, you will need to download. See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview for the Technical Preview. You could also download from MSDN.MICROSOFT.COM or other subscription service. You may also opt to create a bootable USB drive to use as an ISO. You can get step by step instructions from https://itproguru.com/expert/2016/05/create-bootable-windows-server-2016-usb-thumb-drive-for-installing-os/

Step-By-Step…

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Description / Step breakdown
  1. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5
  2. Insert Windows Server 2016 DVD and boot your computer from the DVD. Boot to the DVD/USB ISO (you may have to go into bios or interrupt boot to boot from external media).
    Click the Next Button

  3. Install Now

    Note: the “Repair your computer” link

    Click the Install now Button

  4. Activate
    Optionally, enter your product key then Next or click I don’t have a product key
  5. Accept Terms of Use
    READ the license terms. Click on I accept the license terms then Click the Next button.
  6. Custom Install
    The Evaluation DVD may have more options than TechNet/MSDN DVD. Make sure you choose “Windows Server 2016 Standard/or/Datacenter (Desktop Experience).
    NOTE: DEFAULTS TO “Server core Installation” (no Desktop Experience)Click the Next Button
  7. Select OS
    The Evaluation DVD may have more options than TechNet/MSDN DVD.
    Make sure you choose Windows Server 2016 Standard/or/Datacenter (Desktop Experience)NOTE: DEFAULTS TO “Server core Installation” (no Desktop Experience)Click the Next Button
  8. Where? Delete Existing Partitions
    ** NOTICE ** the following steps WILL wipe out all data on your drive. These instructions are for a bare metal install. If you do not want to wipe your drive, cancel the install and follow instructions at:

    Installing Windows Server 2012 VHD and Metal –Hands On Lab (HOL)–Clyde Johnson


    You should remove any secondary or external drives to prevent accedental deletion of data.
    Click each of the listed Drive 0 drives then click the delete button. Im prompted that “this partition might contain important files or applications from your computer manufacturer. if you delete this partition, any data stored on it will be lost” If you are sure you want to wipe this drive, click OK.

  9. Where? New Partition, do the install
    Click Drive 0 Unallocated Space then click Next
  10. Install Underway
    Give it some time to finish…
    The system will automatically reboot when finished. If you walk away, you may have to remove the USB or DVD and reboot so it boots to the hard drive instead of the installation media.
  11. Set Administrator Password
    Enter a password for the administrator account into the password adn Reenter password fields then click Finish
  12. Lock Screen
    Press [CTRL-ALT-DEL] to bring up the login screen
  13. Login

    type in your password and press [ENTER] to loginif you are on a wired network, you will be asked Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network? If you are on a priviate network you should select Yes.

    Notice server manager is automatically opened for you.

    In the video we also cover creating a new administrator user