Microsoft publishes hardware minimum requirements for the software it sells. For Windows Server 2012, the minimum requirements are:
Processor: Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
Ram: Minimum: 512 MB
Disk Space: Minimum: 32 GB
Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
Keyboard and Microsoft® mouse (or other compatible pointing device)
Server 2012 Installation
Insert the server 2012 DVD in the server and to through the following steps:
- Once you get the following message press Enter to boot from the setup.Insert the server 2012 DVD in the server and to through the following steps:
- Wait for a while till the setup loads all necessary files (Depending on your machine, it will take couple of minutes)
- Once the setup files are loaded, the setup will start with the following screen. You can change these to meet your needs (the default values should be fine for now).
- Once you click Next, you can start the installation, click “Install now”.
- You will see the following screen, wait until it finishes loading.
- In the following setup screen, you will see four options. Select Windows Server 2012 DataCenter Evaluation (Server With GUI).
- After you click Next from previous screen, Read the License terms, tick the “I accept the license terms” and click Next.
- Now It will ask you for the drive (or partition) you want to install Windows on. Here we will install it on the one partition we have.
NOTE: This will remove the contents on the partition. Either you create a partition to install windows on, or you can test this on a testing machine.
- Now once we picked our partition, clicking on next from previous screen will start the setup. This process might take a while.
- Once the setup is done, it will restart and start your Windows Server 2012 for the first time. It will ask you then to set up a password for the Administrator user.
- The setup will finalize your settings, might take a couple of minutes.
- Once the setup is done, you can log in for the first time to your Windows Server, as the screen says, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in, and use the password you set in the setup process.
- Once you Log in, Windows Server 2012 will show the Server Manager.
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