Been fairly busy lately, haven’t had a whole lot of time to play in the LAB. Today decided it would be a great day to sit and relax and catch up on some things. Following screen shots are just from a base install of Windows Server 2012 RC with GUI. Nothing fancy at all or advanced.
I’m using my lab to run W2k12 as a VM, the lab is running ESXi 5.0.0 768111 anything less and you will get issues trying to install the RC version.
Once you have the VM configured, which I have only assigned 1 CPU/2 RAM/60 GB Disk this VM is just to look at the install and have a browse at some new features and the GUI
This is the first screen you will see when you power on the VM and load the ISO
At this point you will get to pick your regional settings.
At this point you are prompted to install the OS, or repair your OS if there is problems.
With the RC version you have to options to Chose, either Server Core Installation or Server with a GUI. For this install I am going to chose GUI, another blog I will go ahead and just pick the core version.
Of course the “License Terms” Accept and on your go.
As you can see the install is very similar to Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7/Windows 8 which we all expected.
Pick your drive to install on.
At this point you can walk away. But don’t go for very long, the entire install process took only 25 Minutes.
In total I counted 2 Reboots that occur, but they are very quick.
Go ahead and chose a password. One new feature I noticed on this screen is that you can show your password, this allows you to make sure you are typing the correct information in both boxes. In the dialog box, when you have it selected there will be a little Black Circle with a half Circle underneath it. To display your password click and hold, if you do not click and hold you will not be able to see your password.
You can also use accessibility options, and change the keyboard layout.
the install is complete. As you see from below the screen for logon is different. But not in a bad way.
Type in your password
Wait for your profile to setup.
Once your profile is complete you are brought to the Server Manager.
As you can see the install is very straight forward. This is all I am going to show in this post, but I plan to show more as I play more with Windows Server 2012 RC.