This guide is based on Windows Server 2019, the steps are pretty similar to the other Windows server versions.
Installation of Windows Server
To install a Windows Server, you'll need to have an ISO File of your decision, you could choose in our webinterface the desired version of Windows.
Alternatively, you could choose an own ISO File, we have a detailed guide for that.
If this screen appears in the remote console you are using, it means the ISO has loaded successfully, we can now start with the setup. Choose your desired language and press "next" to continue
Press "Install now" to start the setup process.
Windows now requires a product key. Enter it if you have one.
We're not selling Windows-Licenses, its required to buy a key by your own.
You can purchase Windows product keys from various online shops, verify that you are buying a valid key for your Windows version, since there are different Windows versions. In Windows Server 2019 there are as example two editions, the normal one and datacenter edition. If you're not sure what exactly you need, just press "I don't have a product key" you can always add a key afterwards.
Now select the version you would like to install. Be sure to pick the right version, its not possible to change this afterwards. Please mention also to pick a version with "(Desktop Experience)" otherwise your Windows would be shell based. When you have made your decision, mark the version and continue with "next"
We accept the terms and proceed by pressing "next".
Select 'Custom' if you want to perform a fresh installation of Windows. You could choose "Upgrade" when you'd like to upgrade from 2016 to 2019 for example.
In the next step, you'll need to create partitions on your dedicated server, usually there should be no partitions created yet. If there are entries mark them and press delete.
You could create multiple smaller partitions or a huge one. If you're creating smaller partitions we would recommend to have atleast 50GB at the main Windows partition. Click on "New" to create a partition.
You can just press Apply if you'd like one big partition. The setup takes automatically the biggest possible size.
Windows itself requires a small system partition, we accept that by pressing "OK"
If you're happy with your partitions, please choose the partition on which Windows should be installed and proceed with "Next" The Windows-Setup does now everything by itself, this can take several minutes. There is nothing else to do, until the setup is finished.
Configuration of Windows Server
Once the setup process is complete, Windows will prompt you to set a password.
Set there your desired password.
We recommend to choose a strong password with special characters.
If you forget the password, there is no way to recover it, so be sure to write it down.
After you've set the password, you are in the lock screen of Windows. Nachdem das Passwort gesetzt wurde, landen wir im Windows-Lockscreen
To log in to Windows, press the key combination
CTRL + ALT + DELETE. You can do that easily through your remote console.
(You'll find that in the Java console in "Keyboard")
Login with your password now.
In the next step its required to enable Remotedesktop, then you can connect easily to your server. Open the Windows Explorer and do a right click on "This PC"
Open "Remote Settings"
Accept the upcoming firewall information with "OK" and press "Apply"
Open now Remotedesktop on your computer and fill in the ip address of your ZAP-Interface The username is always Administrator and the password is the one you defined earlier.
You can ignore the certificate warning, you can tick the message "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer" Complete everything by pressing "Yes"
Remote Desktop Connection does now establish a connection to your dedicated server and you can use it. The network configuration is automatically applied via DHCP, so no further changes are needed.
If you have further questions or issues, our support will help you out!