If you're going to learn how to work with an operating system, there's no substitute for some hands-on time. Realistically, that's the only way to truly start to understand the operation and some of the
Before you can get started, you will need to install the operating system. Before you install any operating system, the first thing that you should do is to examine the hardware requirements to make sure that your server hardware is adequate for use. The hardware requirements for the various editions of Windows Server 2003 are listed in Table 1.1.
Table 1.1. Minimum Hardware Requirements
As you can see, a server operating system requires far more advanced hardware than a typical desktop operating system such as Windows XP. However, remember our analogy from the beginning of this chapter? You wouldn't be able to ride around in your 18-wheeler on tires made for a Toyota, would you?
Now that we've determined what hardware is needed to run each version of Windows Server 2003, we need to determine what specific hardware is supported. Because you're running a server operating system, not just any hardware you might have lying around is supported. Because a server is
Fortunately, Microsoft has made it very easy for you to check your hardware for compatibility with Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has
Note: BIOS Is Important
Remember to check your hardware BIOS versions. Some older hardware is not compatible with Windows Server 2003 without a BIOS update.
The Real World
For the purposes of this book, and passing the exam, you won't require the mission-critical aspects of a quality server. For our purposes, a couple of workstations will allow you to make it through the hands on exercises, or better yet, a copy of virtualization software such as Virtual PC or VMWare will do just fine.
All the software that you will need is available in trial versions. Here are the links:
Whichever method you choose, whether hardware based or virtual, the exercises in this book will be most easily accomplished using two machines or virtual images running any version of Windows Server 2003, except for the web edition.
Now that you've obtained the necessary hardware and software, let's get started!
Note: Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Server 2003 R2 contains two product discs. Disc 1 contains Windows Server 2003 with the current Service Pack (SP1 or SP2). Disc 2 contains the installation files for the Windows Server 2003 R2 optional
To begin the installation procedure in Step by Step 1.1, boot directly from the Windows Server 2003 CD. Your CD-ROM must support bootable CDs.
Note: Virtual CD-ROM
If you're using a virtual solution, such as Virtual PC or VMWare, you will need to capture the CD-ROM drive. Because using these products is out of the scope of this book, we will assume that you have read the instructions supplied with the product.
Note: Best Practice
To facilitate the steps in these guides, the Administrator password is left blank and there is no password. This is not an acceptable security practice. When installing a server for your production network, a password should always be set.
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