So it was time for us to install Windows 2008 R2 Foundation on Bernard our beloved Fujitsu MX130 S1 which I have been using with VMware in our labs.
Windows 2008 as a small business or a normal end user is not exactly cheap, however the vendors are offering Windows 2008 R2 Foundation Server, which is an entry level version of the Windows Server operating system which you can read about here. It is locked to a vendor specific bios, so if you have a Fujitsu server, you buy the ‘Fujitsu edition’ or the HP edition for HP servers etc.
So how long did it take?
About 40 minutes from putting the dvd in to completing the configuration.
It’s very easy and automated to a large degree. You insert the dvd, follow the setup, selecting the language and the drive the setup then does the rest, finally prompting you to set an administrator password.
You will need to run the driver dvd labelled drivers, manuals and utilities – it loads a utility which does the rest.
I then installed Microsoft Security Essentials (the free anti virus and spam software. Completed Windows Update and started setting up our shares, very, very cool.
- Starting Windows setup – (booting off the cd) http://twitpic.com/6igyqg
- Loading the Windows files from cd – http://twitpic.com/6iga9z
- Select language – http://twitpic.com/6ih063
- Press the install button (there is an upgrade option as well) – http://twitpic.com/6ih0mz
- Read and accept the license agreement – http://twitpic.com/6ih0v6
- Select the install you want to install – http://twitpic.com/6ih1hk
- Drive partition created and formatted – http://twitpic.com/6ih2dd
- Copying files and installing Windows 2008 R2 Foundation Server – http://twitpic.com/6ih2u0
- Now set the password – http://twitpic.com/6ih372