Installing and Deploying Windows Server 2003
You can install Windows Server 2003 directly from the CD-Rom or from a network share. The Windows
Server 2003 installation process consists of five stages:
Stage 1: Hard Drive Preparation: In text mode Setup checks the hard drive for consistency and errors. It
allows you to format and create the Windows Server 2003 partition if you need to and copies setup files to
the hard drive. Setup then reboots the computer.
Stage 2: Setup Wizard: The graphical user interface Setup Wizard gathers information from you; such as
regional settings, your name and organization, the Windows Server 2003 CD-key, and computer name. The
Windows Server 2003 Setup Program then creates the local Administrator user account and requests a
password for it.
Stage 3: Installing Network Components: After the Setup Wizard has gathered the necessary
information from you in Stage 2, it begins the network components installation. It detects your network
adapter card; allows you to choose which network components, such as the network client, file and printer
sharing and protocols, to install; allows you to join a workgroup or domain; and installs the components you
Stage 4: Completing the installation: The Setup Wizard completes the installation by installing the start-
menu items and applying and saving the configuration settings you chose in the previous stages. It then
deletes the temporary setup files and reboots the computer.
Stage 5: Post Installation: After the installation is complete, you must perform the “Product Activation”
and configure your server. You should also check your device manager for undetected or nonfunctioning