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How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials for dummies

How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials for dummies

You may see in this tutorials screenshots from Technology Preview 3, 4 or 5 but there is no difference with the Released Product. As with previous versions of Windows Server Essentials this version is aimed at smaller companies with no more then 25 users or 50 devices connecting to the server. Windows Server 2016 has by default Windows Server Antimalware installed but it does not have a User Interface installed but in the Essentials version it does have the User Interface installed and it is integrated in the Essentials Dashboard.

In this tutorial we take a sneak preview and see what is new in the Essentials Dashboard.

  1. But before we can show you what is new we need to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials. We created a bootable USB stick and turned on our server. Click next if you accept the defaults.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  2. Click Install Now
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  3. Accept the terms and click Next.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  4. Choose Custom as this is a clean installation.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  5. We have a small disk because we install Windows Server 2016 TP3 virtualized for testing purposes.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  6. Windows has started installing our new Windows Server 2016 Essentials server.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  7. Choose a password and click Finish
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  8. Login with your password.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  9. The final part of the installation has started, it will install the Essentials part. Click Next
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  10. Change the time zone to fit yours. Click Next.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  11. We are in the Netherlands so we choose that. Click OK.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  12. After the time zone is set you are back in the previous Windows. Click Next.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  13. You have to choose your Internal Domain name and the Server name. Those cannot be changed after you click Next. What Set Full DNS Name does will be discussed in a future tutorial.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  14. Choose a name for a new network administrator and set a strong password.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  15. Check ‘Use recommended settings’ and click Configure.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  16. The final installation of the Essentials part has started. The server will boot several times before completing this part.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  17. Preparing your server…
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  18. Still work to do…
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  19. From this window you can register your server with your Office 365 account but for now we leave that. After the installation is finished you can integrate Microsoft Cloud Services from within the Dashboard.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  20. The new Essentials Dashboard with something new…Windows Server Antimalware. Select ‘Click to enable Windows Server Antimalware’.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  21. It informs us that it is already turned on, click OK.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  22. If we want to configure Windows Server Antimalware we have to go to settings. Choose Settings.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  23. Click ‘Configure’.
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  24. There it is!
    How to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials (technical preview 3)
  25. You last step is to run Windows Update. This is important because there could be important updates for example for integrating Microsoft Cloud Services.

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