Feb 172008

Windows Server 2003 operating systems take the best of Windows 2000 Server technology and make it easier to deploy, manage, and use. The result: a highly productive infrastructure that helps make your network a strategic asset for your organization.Windows Server 2003 SP2 provides enhanced security, increased reliability, and a simplified administration to help enterprise customers across all industries.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition Requirements

Computer and processor

PC with a 133-MHz processor required; 550-MHz or faster processor recommended; support for up to four processors on one server


128 MB of RAM required; 256 MB or more recommended; 4 GB maximum

Hard disk

1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install


CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required; Super VGA supporting 800 x 600 or higher-resolution monitor recommended

Plan your installation

When you run the Windows Server 2003 Setup program, you must provide information about how to install and configure the operating system. Thorough planning can make your installation of Windows Server 2003 more efficient by helping you to avoid potential problems during installation.

when planning for your Windows Server 2003 installation

  • Check System Requirements
  • Check Hardware and Software Compatibility
  • Determine Disk Partitioning Options
  • Choose the Appropriate File System: FAT, FAT32, NTFS
  • Decide on a Workgroup or Domain Installation
  • Complete a Pre-Installation Checklist

After you made sure you can go on, start the installation process.

Beginning the installation process

You can install Windows Server 2003 in several methods – all are valid and good, it all depends upon your needs and your limitations.

In this tutorial we are installing directly from a CD by booting your computer with the CD.

Start the computer from the CD.

You can press F6 if you need to install additional SCSI adapters or other mass-storage devices.

Setup will load all the needed files and drivers.

Windows server 2003 welcome screen and available options press enter

Read and accept the licensing agreement and press F8 if you accept it.

Select or create the partition on which you will install Windows Server 2003.Now you need to click C to create new partition

Enter the partition size and press enter

After creating the partition you need to select where you want to install windows server 2003 press enter

Now you need to format your new partition with NTFS select the option as below and press enter

Drive Format is in progress

After format setup will start copying files is in progress

Setup Initializes your windows configuration

The computer will restart now and the installation process will start in graphical mode.

It will then begin to load device drivers based upon what it finds on your computer. You don’t need to do anything at this stage.

Click Customize to change regional settings, if necessary.

Current System Locale – Affects how programs display dates, times, currency, and numbers. Choose the locale that matches your location, for example, United Kingdom.

Current Keyboard Layout – Accommodates the special characters and symbols used in different languages. Your keyboard layout determines which characters appear when you press keys on the keyboard.

If you don’t need to make any changes just press Next.

Enter the name and Organization click next

Enter your product key click next

Select the license mode you want to use click next

Enter the computer name and administrator password click next

Select the correct date and time for your computer click next

Installing network in progress

Now you need to set the network settings here select custom settings click next

Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) click on properties

Select use the following ip address radio button and enter you ip address details click ok

After configuring IP address you need to click next

In the Workgroup or Domain window enter the name of your workgroup or domain.

A workgroup is a small group of computers on a network that enables users to work together and does not support centralized administration.

A domain is a logical grouping of computers on a network that has a central security database for storing security information. Centralized security and administration are important for computers in a domain because they enable an administrator to easily manage computers that are geographically distant from each other. A domain is administered as a unit with common rules and procedures. Each domain has a unique name, and each computer within a domain has a unique name.

If you’re a stand-alone computer, or if you don’t know what to enter, or if you don’t have the sufficient rights to join a domain – leave the default entry selected and press Next.

Next the setup process will finish copying files and configuring the setup. You do not need to do anything.

After finishing installation process your system will reboot and you can see logon screen

After logging in you should see similar to the following screen for Windows server 2003 R2 editions now you need to insert CD2 to install extra components click ok

That’s it you have completed windows server 2003 R2 installation.

If you want to configure Domain Controller and DNS Server setup check here

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  90 Responses to “Step By Step Windows Server 2003 Installation Guide”

  1. Good morning sir,as a Information Technology student of TAFE INSTITUTE i would like to thank you for providing such informations like this,its very helpfull to me, especially while doing my assignments and practicals in school…..
    God Bless You!!

  2. Sir,
    I am using Acer Altos G540 Server Machine. I would like to install Windows Server 2003 Enterprises edition in my system. The System is builtin configured by megaRaid. On installing the Windows Server 2003, it displays an error message “Windows did not found any hard disk” Pls give a solution for the same and let me know how to install Windows Server 2003 in my system.

  3. very good

  4. ad configaretion

  5. Thanks for this but I loss my product key number pls give me product key number and also pls instruct me how to install next steps

  6. thank you then installation guide?

  7. now i’m fill good.

  8. Hi I want to install my window server 2008 and configura it can you please help me to do that.wait on to you for help.

  9. guys can you send me on my e-mail about windows server 2003..
    thank you

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  12. it’s realy very very useful document

  13. perfect, well done.

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  15. tell me win 2003 server maintainnace and how to setup server 2003.

  16. This guide is very great!!!

    Can you help me with a step by step installation and confuguration Outlook Web Access Server??

    And how can I get a quick online cerification OWA Server??

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  17. Thanks for this guide
    Post Step to step configuration of Domain controller also
    Thanks again

  18. everything is good but i think 1 thing missing is difference between file types: FAT,FAT32 and NTFS its this that NTFS is better among all among them because of its performance, reliability, its new feature which is well structured and safe

  19. How do I install Windows 2003 on IBM Server? I have hardware raid

  20. i wanna download the screenshots oh this 2003 and 2008 server hiw can i/??

  21. Thanks for this guide
    Post Step to step configuration of Domain controller & create group & apply security on the group

    Thanks again

  22. Thats Rely Fantastic ……… this is help for the body
    Thanks for Guide

  23. my system is getting slow when i open google chrome or internet explorer…

  24. Dear sir

    I have a problem with installation win server 2003 on Intel G41 Mother Core i7 Processor 4gb ram. Its stop or hang on step “setup is starting windos” Plz give me the sugetion to solve it

    Thank you

  25. Can anyone tell me ?
    how i install windows server 2008 on 32 bits CPU

    please solve my problem


  26. Hi,

    Thank you for the screenshot. It was like quick scan of my outdated knowledge :P


  27. it was so fabulous!
    thnx for the guidence and support
    looking forward for ur upcoming posts..


  28. Very nice article with details on Installation process. Thanks you.

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  37. Hi
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