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Initial Setup of Windows Server 2008 R2

posted May 3, 2011, 2:22 PM by Jeremy Walker   [ updated May 3, 2011, 4:13 PM ]
This procedure is for reference and not intended for every case. Take as is and salt to taste.

I ran into an issue with the Windows Updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 when I was setting up a server from scratch. There are numerous reasons I have for ordering the steps in this guide the way I did. I find it to cause the least trouble initially and in the future. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to explain my reasons, but for now, I just need the steps.

Initial Configuration
(Right after installing the operating system and entering a password for the Administrator account)
  1. Set the Timezone, Date and Time.
  2. Configure the Network Adapter(s).
  3. Disable IPv6 (unless you need it) and restart.
  4. Set Computer Name and restart.
  5. Join a Domain if necessary.
  6. Install KB976902 then Service Pack 1 and restart.
  7. Install all Critical Windows Updates, including IE9. Un-check updates for IE8. Restart.
  8. Install Roles and Restart.
  9. Install Features and Restart.
  10. Install all remaining critical Windows Updates.
Recommended Windows Updates are custom to the particular environment, install them accordingly.