Install Windows Server Core 2016

In this article, we will see a typical installation of Windows Server 2016 Core, which means that it will not include the classic Windows Server graphical user interface but only the command line.

Before the installation

I mention the following for typical reasons as it is not self-evident for everyone.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

First, load the DVD or USB of the installation and make sure to start the computer by selecting the appropriate device. You may need to configure the BIOS / UEFI before proceeding.

Select Language, Time, and keyboard language and click Next to continue.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Click the Install now button to continue.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Here, select the version of Windows Server 2016 you are about to install. What you should watch out for is that you do not choose the Desktop Experience version.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Accept the terms of use by selecting the corresponding option and click Next to continue.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Since it is a clean installation rather than upgrading a previous version, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Select the disk to be installed in Windows Server 2016. At this point, you can create different partitions as well as load the respective drivers for the drives as long as required by the manufacturer. In a typical installation, you do not have to do anything more than simply selecting the disk.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

The installation of Windows Server 2016 is in progress. You will have to wait a few minutes.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

After restarting the server, you will be prompted to type the local administrator account password. Ensure that the password meets the basic complexity requirements.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

Immediately after, the last actions will be performed and you will be ready to use Windows Server 2016. As you can see, by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete key you can connect to the local administrator account you created in the previous step.

Install Windows Server Core 2016

That’s it!

After you’ve finished installing Windows Server 2016, you can go ahead with some of the basic settings you’ll need to do first. Indicatively, the most common are:

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My name is Dimitris Tonias, IT Pro, G(r)eek, focused on Server, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies.

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