Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer Step by Step – Day 1

Ok Here the time came where we will start Learning About Windows Server and now you will move from Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer. In Clear Words You will be Server Administrator after Completing this Course.

Are You Excited? Yea I am and i will make you as well Let’s Start

Today We will look Upon a Topic which is Server Overview

Server Overview

Ok Let me figure out some stuff for you so that you will able to grab what exactly we are going to cover Today.

  • Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 – Understanding the Windows Server 2008 Installation Options which we have and in which cases we will pick and choose them out.
  • Introducing Server Roles – Identify the Application Servers
  • Comparing Physical Servers and Virtual Servers – Understanding Physical and Virtual Servers as its a Windows Server Administrator we will discuss on Hyper-V
  • Selecting Server hardware – Identify major Server Hardware components
  • Identify Methods to Install Windows Server – Understand updates

What is a Server?

A Server is a Computer which provides services, and a client is a computer that requests Services from Server. A Network is made of Servers and Clients is known as a client/ server network. A Server Based Network is the Best network Sharing Resources and data, while providing centralized network security for those resources and data, while providing Centralized Network Security for those resources and data. Networks using Windows Server are typically Client / Server Networks.

Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer Step by Step - Server and Client

Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer Step by Step – Server and Client

Server Roles

Windows Server use “Roles” to Define what Services the Server Provides, as a Servers can have multiple roles installed and configured to provide services to the client machines. When you are determining hardware and software needs, look at the role the computer needs to fill and the load the computer will be placed under.

Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer Step by Step - Server Roles

Desktop Engineer to Server Support Engineer Step by Step – Server Roles

Some of the more common server roles include:

  • File services
  • Print services
  • Web services
  • Remote access
  • Application servers
  • Email server
  • Database server

Selecting the Server Hardware

When we choose Server hardware we need to keep the following things in mind

  • Server Performance – Server are independent to provide network services to many users, so the performance of the Server Hardware will play one of the major role.
  • Server Availability – If the Server Fails or becomes offline/ unavailable, that issue will impact multiple people. Although we have some special mechanism to tackle like Server Clustering.
  • Cost – How to balance available budget with the goals of Performance and availability, in some cases we go for virtual servers.

Primary Subsystems

  • Processor
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Network

Failure to any of the Subsystems can cause the entire system to fail, they can also cause a bottlenecks that can affect the performance of the entire system. In Real World Scenario we have some monitoring system in place so that these bottlenecks can be tracked and System Administrators like you and me can login to the Server and fix the issues.



  • Processors are typically 64-bit, which can process faster than 32-bit processors – Nowadays you will find most of the Servers are 64bit for higher processing power in the environment.
  • 32-bit processor – 4 Gigabytes of RAM
  • 64-bit processor – 1 Terabyte of RAM
  • A processor can only work on a single process / thread at a time
  • Time slicing enables multiple threads and applications to be running at the same time
  • A multicore processor enables multiple threads / application instructions to be worked on at the same time, which are efficient to handle high workloads.

Memory – RAM on Server


  • Random Access Memory (RAM) is the computer’s short-term or temporary memory
  • It stores instructions and data that the processor accesses directly
  • If you have more RAM, you can load more instructions and data from the disks
  • Having sufficient RAM can be one of the main factors in your computer’s overall performance



  • Traditionally, hard drives are half electronic/half mechanical devices that store magnetic fields on rotating platters
  • Solid-state drives are electronic devices with no mechanical components
  • Personal computers typically only have local storage consisting of internal hard drives
  • Servers may also connect to external storage through a network-attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN)


  • A network connection enables a device to communicate with servers or the clients
  • Most devices include one or more network interface cards or NICs
  • Speeds of today’s network cards are 100 Mbit/second, while a typical speed for servers is 1 Gbit/second or faster


  • Motherboard is the main printed circuit board that brings these four subsystems together
  • The processor plugs in or connects to the motherboard or system board enabling communication with the rest of the system
  • The motherboard provides the electrical connections enabling components of the system to communicate


  • Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) are the instructions that control most of the computer’s input/output functions
  • BIOS functions include communicating with disks, RAM, and the monitor kept in the System Read Only Memory (ROM) chips
  • By having instructions (software) written on the BIOS, the system already knows how to communicate with some basic components such as a keyboard and how to read some basic disks such as IDE drives
  • The BIOS also looks for additional ROM chips that may be on the motherboard or on expansion cards that you add to the system
  • Flashing the BIOS is the process of updating your system ROM BIOS

Power Supply and Cases

Server PowerSupply

  • A case provides an enclosure that helps protect system components that are inside
  • A case with the power supplies and additional fans are usually designed to provide a fair amount of airflow through the system to keep the system cool
  • The power supply supplies electrical power to the mother board and components


Server Ports

  • Ports are plug sockets that enable you to connect peripheral deices to your computer
  • Devices can include a printer, keyboard, mouse, external drive or another computer
  • Types of ports:
  • Ethernet
  • Parallel
  • PS/2
  • Serial
  • VGA
  • USB
  • SCSI
  • HDMI
  • Audio

Virtual Server

  • Virtual machines or virtual server technology enables multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a single machine
  • Virtual servers allows for a separation of services so that changes on one virtual server do not affect the other virtual servers
  • Virtualization offers a better way utilize hardware since most hardware is sitting idle most of the time

Locating the Server

  • After you select and purchase the server and its components, you also need to determine where to physically locate the server
  • The server room is the work area of the Information Technology (IT) department that contains servers and most of the communication devices including switches and routers
  • The room should be secure, with only a handful of people allowed to have access to it


  • Software contains the instructions that the hardware follows, which make the computer do what it does.
  • It provides us with an interface that we can use to configure and manage the computer
  • Configuring a server:
  • Select, install and configure the operating system
  • Select, install and configure the services that the operating system provides
  • Install and configure additional software on the server

Windows Servers

  • Windows NT (first released in 1993) is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft
  • Since then, Microsoft has built on the previous version and released:
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 editions
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 is only available in 64-bit version

Windows Server Roles

  • A server provides services
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 has organized the most common services into server roles
  • A server role describes the function of the server
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 server features are software programs that are not directly part of a role
  • Server features augment the functionality of one or more roles to enhance the functionality of the server

Full Installation and Server Core

  • Starting with Windows Server 2008, you can install Windows in one of two modes (both of which are provided on the installation DVD) :
  • Full Version
  • Server Core
  • The full installation has a fully functional GUI interface and supports installing all available server roles and other Microsoft third-party software
  • Server Core installation provides a minimal environment with no Windows Explorer shell that only supports certain server roles

Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

Component Requirement
Processor Minimum: 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)
Memory Minimum: 512 MB RAM
Disk Space Requirements Minimum: 32 GB
Display Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution monitor
Other DVD drive, keyboard and Microsoft mouse (or compatible pointing device), and Internet access

Clean Installation

  • A clean installation installs the operating system to a new directory
  • Select a clean installation in the following cases:
  • No operating system is installed on the computer
  • The installed operating system does not support the installation or upgrade
  • To configure a multi-boot configuration
  • A clean installation is preferred
  • Performing a clean install of an operating system can be the preferred method because all files are installed again
  • The disadvantage is that the system and all of its software needs to be reinstalled, patched, and configured and data copied over, something that may take hours or even days

Disk Cloning

  • Disk cloning copies the contents of one computer hard disk to another disk or image file
  • Disk cloning is a sector by sector copy of the contents of the hard disk
  • Enables you to capture a customized Windows image that can be reused
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 can be installed using disk cloning
  • Disk cloning creates an exact copy of an operating system installation, which can be a problem for computers on a network


  • If a Windows installation is cloned, each target computer using the same image will have the same parameters, including the same computer name and security identifier (SID)
  • For these computers to operate properly without conflict on a network, these parameters have to be unique
  • To overcome these conflicts, you run the system preparation tool (Sysprep)
  • Benefits of Sysprep
  • Removes system-specific data from Windows
  • Configures Windows to boot to Audit mode
  • Configures Windows to boot to Windows Welcome
  • Resets Windows Product Activation

Unattended Installation


  • An unattended installation enables you to automate the configuration and deployment of operating systems
  • An answer file is used to perform an unattended installation of Windows
  • An answer file is an XML file that stores the answers for a series of graphical user interface (GUI) dialog boxes
  • You can use any text editor such as notepad to create and modify the answer file, Server Image Manager can also be used
Server Image Manager

Server Image Manager

Windows Deployment Services

  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a technology from Microsoft for network-based installation of Windows operating
  • Windows Deployment Services is the updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS)
  • The deployment of Windows can be fully automated and customized through the use of unattended installation scripting files
  • Benefits
  • Allows network-based installation of Windows operating systems
  • Deploys Windows images to computers without operating systems
  • Uses standard Windows Setup technologies including Windows PE, .wim files and image-based setup
  • Create images using a reference computer using the Image Capture Wizard

Windows Imaging Format (WIM) File

  • Windows installation files can be distributed within a Windows Imaging Format (WIM) file
  • WIM is the file-based imaging format that Windows Server uses for rapid installation on new computers
  • WIM files store copies (known as images) of the operating systems

Windows Licensing

  • A software license is purchased from a software company like Microsoft that gives you permission to use a specific software package
  • Most licenses from corporations such as Microsoft work more like a lease rather than a purchase of the actual software
  • Licenses are typically purchased for a specific number of users

Windows Activation

  • Microsoft product activation, including Windows activation, is an anti-piracy technology designed to verify that software products are legitimately licensed
  • Product activation is included in some technologies
  • A product key is required to activate the product

Windows Updates

  • Windows update helps keep your computer safer and your software current by fetching the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft
  • After installing Windows, run Windows Update to install and apply fixes, patches, service packs, and device drivers
  • Automatic updating can be enabled to download and install important updates as they become available