Guide to Install windows server 2012 step by step

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Windows Server 2012 R2

How to Install Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing windows Server 2012 R2 is not a big deal if you already had done previous versions of Windows Installation like Windows server 2008 R2.

Before installation of any Operating System we have to study the prerequisites & most importantly organizational requirements. On the basis of that we could select version of the Operating System.

Installation Information and System requirements of Windows server 2012 R2




1.4 GHz 64 bit processor


Min : 512 MB

Disk Space

Min : 32 GB


Gigabit (10/100/1000baseT) Ethernet adapter

Other Peripherals

Super VGA (1078 x 768) or higher-resolution monitor

Wired or Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Internet to activate Windows for single server. Ignore in case of KMS server.

Let’s begin the installation steps.

Server core operating system is the default on by Microsoft, but GUI version is more easy to manage & used by many organizations. We are going to install GUI version on VM for illustration purpose. To begin with Installation insert DVD or map ISO image on server and boot it. Once you boot the server it will show you blank screen loading files. If you do not see the blank screen, go to BIOS and set the boot option to DVD and reboot the server.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Once you boot the server you will see Windows Server 2012 R2 screen.

I would keep the default options as below :

Language to Install : English

Time & Currency Format : English (United States). You could set as per your requirement.

Keyboard or input method : US

Click on Next

Windows Server 2012 R2

Below screen defines if you would like to do fresh installation or repair the computer. As today we are going for fresh Installation Click on Install Now

Windows Server 2012 R2

For the illustration purpose we are going to install Windows Server 2012 R2 with GUI version so select the same and click on Next

Windows Server 2012 R2

In the License terms page, check on I accept the license terms and click Next.

Windows Server 2012 R2

As this is a clean install, select Custom: Install.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Normally when we installing Operating System in infrastructure, we should take care of the partitions.

C: System (150 GB)

D: Log files (50 GB)

E: Backup (remaining)

Above partitions are mentioned in case of Domain Controller.

For illustration purpose, I have kept only one drive. So create the partition, select it and click Next

Windows Server 2012 R2

Now relax, have a cup of coffee and come to your desk after 15-20 min.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Boom, we are back and after reboot of the server it will ask for first time password. Set strong password and click on Finish.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Once you click on Finish, you will get below screen to insert password and login for first time with Administrator account.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows prepares desktop for you and displays a Welcome message. Then the desktop will show Server Manager as in below Print screen.

Windows Server 2012 R2

We are done with the Fresh Installation of Window Server 2012 R2. In the next article we will promote this server to Domain Controller.

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