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Post Windows Installation

After installing Windows Server 2008 Standard SP2 64 bits like this there is always a lot to configure before a server can be taken into production.

Server Activation

cscript c:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -skms
cscript c:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
cscript c:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ato

Other Required Services

Vmware Tools

Install Vmware Tools through the menu from the vSphere Client.

Eventlog to Syslog

I want the event viewer to forward all event viewer events to syslog:

C:\Users\administrator>cd c:\windows\system32

c:\Windows\System32>evtsys -i -h <ipaddress-syslogserver>
Checking ignore file...
May  7 16:41:06 Error opening file: evtsys.cfg: The system cannot find the file

May  7 16:41:06 Creating file with filename: evtsys.cfg
Command completed successfully

Now, go into your services.msc and start the service.

Telnet Client

Windows Server 2008 comes by default without a telnet client which is a no go in my opinion.

I used these steps to add the telnet client to Windows Server 2008 active features:

  1. Open Server Manager by clicking Start → 'Server Manager'
  2. Click on 'features' from the left panel in Server Manager
  3. Click on 'Add Features'
  4. From the available list of features select 'Telnet Client' and click 'Next'
  5. Click on 'Install'
  6. Click 'Close'

Windows Security

I disabled the Windows Firewall and disabled Internet Explorer Enhanced Security.

Windows Domain

I added the server to the domain.

Remote Desktop

Enabled Remote Desktop and added the 'Remote Desktop Users' group as allowed group.

Allowed Administration Groups

Add the Active Directory group ServerAdministrators to the local administrators group to allow administration.

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postwindowsinstall.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/30 15:19 by sjoerd