Installing Windows Server 2012 R2


In this video we will show how to perform a clean install of Windows Server 2012 R2 standard edition in a VMWare environment. We’ll also provide instruction on installing VMware tools in the new Windows Server 2012 installation. Check out or for more of our always free training videos.

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System Requirements
In order to install Windows Server 2012, you require a 1.4Ghz 64bit CPU (32bit CPU’s are not supported) 512Megabytes of RAM, and 32Gigabyes of free space. This will be enough to install Windows Server, however this is the bare minimum. For any production system you should have 1 Gigabyte or 2 Gigabytes of RAM at a minimum and more free hard space. Usually anywhere from 50-100 Gigabytes of free space is enough for basic Windows Server installs. The amount of RAM and disk space you require will ultimately be determined by what you are planning to use the server for.

In this demonstration, Windows Server 2012 R2 standard edition will be installed to a virtual machine running on vSphere. This particular virtual machine is configured to use the EFI firmware rather than the BIOS firmware. EFI is a newer boot environment designed for 64bit systems.
1) Once the DVD containing the install media is in the optical drive, in this case the install media is an ISO file and has been mounted to the virtual machine, the next step is to make sure that the computer is configured to boot from that install media. In vSphere this is done by selecting the VM menu and then selecting edit settings. Once the settings are open, select the tab options and then select “Boot Options”. On this screen, tick the option “The next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into the EFI setup screen”.
2) Once the virtual machine starts up it will go straight into the EDI boot screen. To make sure the system boots from the ISO mounted to the optical drive, select the option “Boot Manager” and then select the option for the virtual CDROM drive.
3) If an operating system already exists on the hard disk you will get a message saying “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”. Because the EFI system is being used, this may incorrectly detect any operating system on the drive when none is installed. If you get this message, press any key to start the setup process, otherwise the computer will attempt to boot off the first hard disk in the system.
4) The computer will load Windows PE from the optical drive into memory. Once this has been loaded it will be run automatically and then the setup will run from the DVD.
5) The first screen of the setup will ask which language, time and currency format and keyboard you would like to use.
6) On the next screen you will need to press the “install now” option to start the Windows Server install. There is also an option on this screen to “Repair your computer”. If the computer experiences problems booting, select this option and you may be able to fix these problems.
7) The next screen will ask for a product key. The product key entered in here will determine which edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 will be installed. The DVD will need to contain this edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 in order to perform the install. If the DVD does not contain this edition, setup will inform you and the install will not be able to continue.
8) The next screen will ask which edition you want to install from the DVD and if it is the core or full edition of Windows.
9) The next screen will ask if you accept the license terms. Once you have read the license terms, tick the tickbox “I accept the license terms” and move on in the wizard.
10) The next screen asks if an upgrade or clean install is being performed. If you wish to perform an in-place upgrade, setup must be run from the operating system that you want to perform the upgrade from. In this case, a new install of Windows Server 2012 R2 is going to be performed so the second option “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” is selected.
11) On the next screen you can create partitions to install Windows on. Your drive should appear here. If it does not you will need to select the option “Load driver” and load additional device drivers into the system. This is common with hard disks that have been combined together using systems like RAID. In most cases you will select the option for unallocated space and let Windows create the required partitions. If you want to, you can create the partitions manually.

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  1. I install windows server to my new pc without vmware already install but problem is no network driver match with my mobo running in a window server. Can you help me please. thanks in advance.

  2. A nice video with some explanations, like why do I need to install VMware tools. I have to take into account that in production I have ESXI 5.5 and while preparing 6.5 I have to take into account that migrating existing 5.5 server I will probably have to reinstall the VMWare tools. Any comments on that? Also when creating a VM guest you have to choose the network drive like VMXNET. You'll need VMWare tools for that.  I wish people making this type of video would mention this.
    Also thanks for showing about not using the Upgrade option when you are doing a fresh install. I chose that option first and ended with and error, that left baffled. Now I know why. I think it's a bit misleading for MS to name the second option Custom and because of that I chose the Upgrade option. Thank you for that.

  3. i can't create my fucking password i was triing and waching tutorials abaut that shit and it didn't work so can somone pliss help me.

  4. After I get to the boot manager and select to boot from my cd it doesn't do anything. It doesn't load or give me the "press any key to boot from cd or dvd"

  5. I tried to install a WIndows Server 2012 R2 on a server with 4 sata disks, but the 4 disk were used on a OpenBSD server, so that it were formated with a zfs file systems to run in the BSD world. Why the install prompt didnt show me an option to reformat the disks?? The install simply tell me: impossible to use the disks… Ok, but I cant reused it with ntfs?

  6. thanks for the tip but i don't know windows server 2012 r2 default administrator password help me please 😀 😀

  7. Hey! I need some advice, could you please take a moment to help me?

    A friend and i are building a server box (Nothing too fancy, Xeon 5660, Rampage II Extreme M/B, 24GB RAM@1866, 128GB SSD). The server will be used for general web services (a little webpage, owncloud, and game server administration interfaces). We will also host game servers (minecraft, Counter-Strike GO, ArmA II, Space Engineers…), and VoIP server (TeamSpeak 3). A PLEX server will be installed, too.

    Besides that, it will be the central data hub for my home, dependant on puny USB HDD's for now, but i'm planning on a 6 disk RAID 5… or 1+0, havent decided yet (No RAID6 option, i'm afraid).

    With all that in mind, what version of Windows Server would you recommend? I was going to settle on 2008 R2 Standard, But i can get my hands on a key for Server 2012 R2, any version (Via Dreamspark). My current server is running Server 2003, but i will do a clean install, so no worries there.

  8. wow super..Fantastic explanation who no about server knowledge he also easly learn from ur vide..Please give me other paper video of windows 2012..plsss

  9. Will Windows Server 2012 R2 have any problems with Windows 10 computers do you think? Because Windows Server 2016 is not realeased yet.

  10. nice video .. but why is the password should be "Passw0rd" with capital P and number 0 ????????

    and why windows is creating anther 350MB  system reserved partition?

  11. Thanks once again itfreetaining!

    I'm really enjoying your new Windows Server 2012 training series.

    Fantastically presented as always!

  12. Thank you for the Great video!
    I have a question.
    If I have the others VMs with others Windows Servers on that Host, what the impact in terms of Performance would be on these Servers during the installation of new VM with Server 2012 R2?
    Other words if that is a production environment can I do a new installation, NIC configuration, etc. during the normal business hours?
    Thank you in advance.


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