Installing Windows Server 2003 Enterprise

server2003Windows Server 2003 is a popular platform in schools.  This article shows how to build Server 2003 from scratch.  I've included some vm considerations.  I used Server 2003 Enterprise, you should find the routine is similar for the other 2003 editions.

Virtual Hardware

  1. Version:  Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit).
  2. Select 768 MB of ram.
  3. Use a 6 GB hard drive.
  4. Remove the floppy drive.
  5. Configure the NIC to connect to your preferred network.



  1. Regional and Language Options:  Choose your region and language and click Next.
  2. Enter your Name and Organization, click Next.
  3. Enter the License Product Key
  4. Licensing Mode:  Choose Per Device or Per User.
  5. Enter the Computer name and an Administrator password.
  6. Select the appropriate Time Zone and adjust time if needed.
  7. Networking Settings:  Choose Typical Settings and click Next.
  8. Leave the default WORKGROUP settings.


Initial Log on

  1. Log on to the new machine as administrator.
  2. Insert Disk 2 and click OK.
  3. Install VMware tools if this is a vm.
  4. Configure a static IP address.



Download all updates and service packs.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Update.
  2. Follow the Internet Explorer wizard
  3. Repeat these steps until there aren't any more updates to apply.

If you need service pack 2 it can take quite a long time to download and install.


VM Snapshot

If you've built this machine as a vm, create the first snapshot and call it Clean Build.



You are now ready to configure Server 2003 Enterprise.


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