Windows Server Core 2008 is a little different to install than the full version of Windows Server 2008. While it still uses then same version of the installation wizard, there are some slight differences when it comes to the first time you logon.
Server Core 2008 also does not support any upgrating option from previous versions of Windows. The only upgrade option available is to upgrade Server Core 2008 to Server Core 2008 R2.
This installation guide will help you through the process of performing a Custom/Clean installation of Server Core 2008. Before you install Server Core 2008 you should make sure you have done the following things:
* Have your product key to hand – You can find your Server Core 2008 product key either on your computer or in the packaging of the Server Core 2008 disc. You can also purchase Server Core 2008 via the Internet, so your product key may arrive by email. Either way, you product key will look something like this?PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
* Back up your files – You can back up your files by various means, the most common are external hard drive, CD or DVD, or if you have access to a network, then a network share.
Server Core 2008 uses the same installation wizard that comes with Windows Vista and Windows 7 making it much easier to install then previous versions. With less emphasis on configuration (only the core settings are required), the process is much quicker than previous versions too.
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