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We are now ready to actually install Server 2012 into this virtual machine. The way we do that is to start the virtual machine. In this case, the virtual machine is looking for a host drive to install from. However if you'll remember, we actually downloaded an ISO previously to install from. So we need to go ahead and browse the location where ISO is, and install from that. Once we've done that, we just go ahead and click the ISO and then click Open.
Now we can start the installation process. As you'll notice, as it begins doing the installation process, it adds a few notes at the top. You can just go ahead and just close those notes as they come up and not worry about them. At this point, the installation process asks you for the language to install with. I'm going to use English. Now you click install now. This screen can be a little bit tricky. You'll notice we have both the standard and the data center versions of this along with the gooey and a core install versions. For our purposes, we want to choose the data center with the gooey version, because the gooey is easier to use and easier to manage.
And it's more easy to see what you're doing than it is from the core, server core. At this point, you need to accept Microsoft's license and click next. Now here, this will confuse people a lot sometimes. It would look like you maybe should install the upgrade, but in point of fact you should actually do a custom install at this point. So you click the custom install. And now, you'll notice that it tells you it has a 25 gig hard drive space to install the server into. That 25 gig is the hard drive we set up previously.
So go ahead and click that drive setup and click next. Now we just have to wait for the installation process to move along. At this point, Windows is going to give you the user name administrator and ask you to create a password. Now there's a couple things about the password you need to know. The password needs to consist of at least one capital letter and at least one number. And the password needs to be at least eight characters long. Within those parameters, you can create any password you want so long as it's one you can remember well.
One of the things you may notice on your computer is that it appears to be cutting off part of your virtual machine. The way we fix that is go up to the view option and click full screen. Now that you're into the full screen, you'll notice it asks you to choose Ctrl+Alt+Delete to sign in. If you use Ctrl+Alt+Delete in a virtual machine, it will not work. It will instead do Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your host machine, so it will bring up your task manager and things like that.
In order to get around that in virtual box, what we need to do is place the control button on the right-hand side of the screen, and then press the delete button. At that point, you will bring up the system where it needs to be for logging on. You can go ahead and put in the passwords you created previously, to bring it up. Just go ahead and tell it yes to set the network settings. And now you have successfully installed Windows Server 2012.
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