- Preplanning and Preparing a Server Installation
- Setting Up the Windows Server 2003 Operating System
- Upgrading to Windows Server 2003
- Using Alternative Methods of Installation
- Performing an Unattended Windows Server 2003 Installation
- Installing Windows Server 2003 from an Image
- Installing Windows Server 2003 with Group Policy and Systems Management Server
- Updating a Windows 2003 Server with a Service Pack
- Preparing a System and Installing the Windows 2003 R2 Components
- Best Practices
This chapter is from the book
- Verify that your hardware is supported.
- Stick to using the recommended or better hardware and software requirements.
- Make sure you document your server configuration information and perform a backup of any data that you want to keep.
- Test your applications for compatibility before migration.
- Use a consistent naming convention to name the servers and client machines.
- Use only Internet-standard characters in your computer name. This would include the letters A–Z (upper- and lowercase), the numbers 0–9, and the hyphen (-).
- Periodically verify that system backups can be used to recover a system in a lab environment.
- Use the regular formatting option to perform a true format.
- Use NTFS to create an efficient and secured filesystem.
- If you are not sure which licensing mode to use for your environment, select Per Server.
- Rename the Administrator account, for the sake of security, after you complete the installation.
- Automate installation by using deployment tools such as RIS, Sysprep, RIPrep, Unattend files, and Group Policy (with SMS).
- Choose and install Windows 2003 R2 components to a server to take advantage of new capabilities built in to Windows 2003.