Last updated on April 24th, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Install Windows Server 2016, it is relatively simple, not much different from other versions of Microsoft’s operating systems.
On the official website is available a trial version for 180 days. Unfortunately, the downloads are restricted only to users who have an account, if you still do not have a Microsoft or Hotmail account, just create one (see how to create a Hotmail account).
The first thing to do is to create the bootable disk if you chose to download the ISO version (see how to make bootable USB device), or open the virtual disk if you have chosen to download the VHD version.
1. Boot from USB / DVD
Once the disc has been created, reboot the PC by selecting boot from USB.
When you first start Windows Server 2016, it allows us to choose language in which we want to install the new operating system, date and time format which will be used, and default keyboard layout.
2. Installation Type
You can choice at this point what system you like to test, the installer provides four kind of server variants
- Standard Edition NO graphical interface
- Standard Edition WITH GUI
- Datacenter Edition NO graphical interface
- Datacenter Edition WITH graphical interface
3. Disk Partitioning
Choose the type you want, it is time to partition your drive, (see how to partition your disk during the Windows installation), if it is an installation on a new disc, you can select to install windows server 2016, using the entire disk. In this way, the operating system will partition the drive in the best way.
At this point, proceeding with Next, your Server installation will be written to disk, you just wait for the completion of copying the files.
The last step, before you can see the server in action, is creating the administrator password, try to choose complex password, but still be able to remember in time, then when you are ready, select Finish complete the installation.
Windows Server 2016 is finally ready. If you installed the GUI version, this will be the result.
At this point you can set all new services made available by server manager, or use PowerShell console.