Microsoft Windows Server 2019 for Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers Installation Guide

Install Windows Server 2019 by using operating system media

NOTE: Ensure that you have the Microsoft Windows Server 2019 operating system media handy.
NOTE: Microsoft Windows Server 2019 installation by using operating system media is supported in BIOS and UEFI modes.
  1. Connect a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and other required peripherals to your system.
  2. Turn on your system and the connected peripherals.
  3. Press F2 to go to the System Setup page.
    Figure 1. System Setup . System Setup
    System Setup
  4. On the System Setup page, click System BIOS, and then click Boot Settings.
    Figure 2. System Setup Main Menu. System Setup Main Menu
    System Setup Main Menu
  5. Ensure that UEFI is selected as the Boot Mode.
    Figure 3. Boot Settings. Boot settings
    Boot settings
    NOTE: For yx4x PowerEdge servers and later, UEFI is the default boot mode.
    NOTE: The PowerEdge servers are represented using the generic naming convention. To identify the range of server models, see Identifying the series of your Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.
  6. Click UEFI Boot Settings, and then click UEFI Boot Sequence.
    Figure 4. System BIOS. UEFI boot settings
    UEFI Boot settings
  7. In the Change Order window, ensure that Virtual Optical Drive: Virtual CD is selected as your boot device, and then click OK.
    Figure 5. Change Order. Change order
    Change order
  8. Click Back.
  9. Click Finish, and then click Yes.
    The updates are saved.
  10. Click Finish to exit the System Setup page, and then click Yes to reboot the system.
  11. Insert the Microsoft Windows Server 2019 media into the DVD drive.
    When the system starts to read the media, the following message is displayed:
    Loading files
    NOTE: If a Windows operating system is already installed on your system, the following message is displayed:
    Press any key to boot from the CD/DVD
  12. After the files are loaded, select the language in which you want to install the OS.
    NOTE: This screen is not displayed for the Simplified or Traditional Chinese operating system.
    Figure 6. Select language. Boot settings
    Select languages
  13. Select the language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method, and then click Next.
    Figure 7. Select language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method. Select language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method.
    Windows Setup
  14. Click Install now.
    Figure 8. Windows Setup. Click Install now.
    Windows Setup
  15. Select the required OS, and then click Next.
    Figure 9. Select the operating system you want to install. Select the operating system.
    Select the OS you want to install
  16. Read the license agreement information. Select the I accept the license terms check box if you agree to the license terms, and then click Next.
    NOTE: If you do not accept the license agreement, you cannot proceed with OS installation.
    Figure 10. Applicable notices and license terms. Notices and license terms.
    Applicable notices and license terms
  17. In the Which type of installation do you want? window, select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
    Figure 11. Types of installation. Select the type of installation.
    Which type of installation do you want
  18. In the Where do you want to install Windows? window, select the unallocated space where you want to install the OS. To create a partition:
    1. Click New.
      Figure 12. Select the location to install . Select the location to install.
      Select the location to install
    2. In the Size box, enter or select the size of the partition in MB, and then click Apply.
      Figure 13. Select the size of the partition. Enter or select the size of the partition in MB.
      Enter or select the size of the partition in MB
      The following message is displayed:
      To ensure that all Windows features work correctly, Windows might create additional partition for system files
    3. Click OK.
    NOTE: The recommended minimum partition size of the primary partition for Standard and Datacenter Edition is 40 GB and for the Essentials Edition is 60 GB. If you are installing additional memory module on your system, you may require extra primary partition space to accommodate the page file and the hibernation file. During installation, a recommended partition size is displayed on the screen based on the memory size of your system. Follow the instructions on the screen. If you select Core installation, you may require less disk space for the primary partition. For information about drive partitioning, see Drive partitioning.
    Figure 14. Windows might create additional partitions for system files . Displays Windows might create additional partitions for system files.
    Displays Windows might create additional partitions for system files
  19. Select the newly created operating system partition, and then click Next.
    Figure 15. Select the newly created operating system partition. Select the newly created operating system partition.
    Select the newly created operating system partition
    The system reboots after the operating system is installed.
  20. Enter administrator password, and reenter to confirm the password, and then click Finish.
    Figure 16. Customize settings. Enter or select the size of the partition in MB.
    Customize settings
  21. After the system reboots, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in to the system.
  22. Type the administrator password, and then press Enter.
    NOTE: Windows Server 2019 Essentials do not include the Essentials Experience role. Windows Server 2019 Essentials can be configured as a domain controller by installing the Active Directory Domain Services role from Server Manager. See Get Started with Windows Server 2019.
The OS is successfully installed.
NOTE: After you log in to the system, you can use the Server Manager Dashboard to configure and manage different roles and features in the OS.

It is recommended that you install the latest hotfixes and security updates from Microsoft after installing Microsoft Windows Server 2019. You can install these hotfixes and security updates by downloading them or by using the Windows updates available for your system.

Dell EMC recommends that you install hotfixes and security update "1D" or newer form Microsoft on your system by using Windows update, or by downloading the latest updates after installing the operating system.


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