In this blog, you’ll learn about the basic steps involved in Windows Server post-installation configuration. The tasks for configuring these servers are designed to be quick and easy so that your network can get up and running quickly after installation.
The “the edb file path is not available there is already a file named” is an issue that can occur when you try to install Windows Server on a computer. If this happens, you will need to rename the existing file and then proceed with the installation.
You are not yet ready to install software on Windows Server once it has been installed. As a result, you must complete the Windows Server post-installation setup activities to guarantee that the server is operational. A checklist is the best approach to go through the Windows Server post-installation chores. In this article, we’ll teach you how to configure Windows Server after installation in the fastest and safest way possible.
Checklist for Windows Server after installation
The following tasks are included on the checklist:
- Server Manager should not be started immediately when you log in.
- Turn off the Enhanced Security Configuration in Internet Explorer.
- Choose a time zone.
- Change the name of the computer
- Examine the network card in Windows Server.
- Set a static IP address
- Remote Desktop should be enabled.
- Allow pings via the Windows Firewall.
- Windows Server should be updated.
- Connect your PC to the domain (if needed)
- Windows Server should be turned on.
In the stages below, we’ll go through each item on the checklist one by one.
Server Manager should not be started immediately when you log in.
When you login in to Windows Server, the Server Manager is launched by default. Is it anything you require? We don’t believe so, and you may always manually launch the Server Manager. So let’s disable that functionality.
Go to Server Manager Properties > Manage. Activate the checkbox Server management should not be started immediately when you log in.
Create a Group Policy Object (GPO) and connect it to the relevant Organizational Unit if you have a Domain Controller (OU).
Turn off the Enhanced Security Configuration in Internet Explorer.
In Server Manager, choose Local Server. Administrators and users may disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration.
Choose a time zone.
Change the time zone on Windows Server. It’s conceivable that after you set the time, it doesn’t display properly. That’s because you don’t have access to the internet.
Change the name of the computer
Change the computer’s name to something you can remember. DC01-2019 is the name of the computer in our scenario. It’s the first Domain Controller for Windows Server 2019. After installing the patch, reboot the Windows Server.
Examine the network card in Windows Server.
On the Windows Server, you must have a network. If you’re running Windows Server in VMware ESXi and using the VMXNET3 network adapter, you’ll need to install VMware tools.
Important: If you have a VM operating on VMware ESXi, you should always install VMware tools.
Go through the VMware Tools configuration. Restart the Windows Server when the VMware Tools installation is complete.
Check that VMware Tools has been installed successfully under Programs and Features.
Set a static IP address
Use Windows PowerShell to perform the cmdlet Get-NetIPConfiguration or open Command Prompt and run ipconfig/all.
Change the name of the network adapter to something you can remember. Because we’ll be configuring it on the 192.x network, we’ll call it Network 192x.
Set the Windows Server’s IP address to be static. Use a desired DNS server and set the Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) settings to a static IP address. Google Public DNS, for example, is 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
Remote Desktop should be enabled.
Enable Permit remote access to this machine. With a Remote Desktop Connection, you may connect to the Windows Server remotely.
Allow pings via the Windows Firewall.
The Windows Firewall blocks ping queries by default. The majority of engineers turn off Windows Firewall. This is not something we advise. Keep the Windows Firewall turned on.
Look for Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security on the Windows Store. Select Inbound Rules from the left pane and enable both rules:
- File and Printer Sharing (ICMPv4-In Echo Request)
- File and Printer Sharing (ICMPv6-In Echo Request)
Windows Server should be updated.
Go to Windows Update > Settings. Windows Updates should be searched for and installed. After a reboot, look for Windows Updates once again.
Continue searching for and installing Windows Updates until the message “You’re up to date” appears.
Connect the PC to the domain (if needed)
Let’s pretend this is a Windows Server that needs to join a domain. To become a member of a domain, go to System Properties and enter in the domain name. After that, log in as an administrator and restart the Windows Server.
This is our first Windows Server, and it will serve as our Domain Controller in our example.
Windows Server Active
Remember to turn on Windows Server. We’ll leave it up to you to decide how you want to license Windows Server.
We demonstrated how to configure Windows Server once it has been installed. As you can see, after installing Windows Server, you must specify a few parameters. Always utilize a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything.
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