Become an Administrator :: Server Configuration

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Table of Contents:
Lesson 1 - Installing Windows Server 2012
Lesson 2 - Configuring Server 2012 (this article)
Lesson 3 - Active Directory

As described before (lesson 1), we have installed Windows Server 2012, and set up the administrator password. Now we are going to make some system configurations before installing any roles or features to our server.

so, when you log in with your administrator account, first thing you'll notice is the modified SERVER MANAGER dashboard.
server managerHINT: in you want to see the metro interface, click windows icon from your keyboard
as you see in the figure, you can add roles and features connect to other servers or create groups. for now, we are going to configure and customize or server, so click on LOCAL SERVER on the left side. you'll see this screen:
local serverinside this screen you'll find our server initial configuration and general information, which we will customize now.
first, we will change our server name, so click on the computer name . from the windows that appeared (system properties ) click on change . type your desired server name (in my case i named it server12) and hit OK. you will need to restart the system to apply settings.
server namenext step is to configure the remote desktop. this is essential if you don't have physical access to the server, and need to connect to it from another place or another computer. so click on local server from the left menu, and click on remote desktop which is currently set to disabled
remote desktop settingclick on allow remote connections to this computer .
remote desktopyou might get a warning about adding the remote desktop exception to the windows firewall
remote desktop firewallwe want also to add the users, so click on select users, in the popup windows, click add to add your current administrator account
add remote desktop userclick ok to close the remote desktop window.
third things to define a static IP to our server, so click on IPv4 address assigned by DHCP, IPv6 enabled to configure the IP settings. the network adapters window appear, so right clock on the network adapter and clock properties
IPdouble click Internet Protocol version 4 to change its attributes, and input the static IP of your server (i put my settings according to the IP defined by the virtual machine.)
static ip settings
our last thing to do is enable automatic updated and download them. click on (not configured ) beside windows update, and enable the automatic updates
configure automatic updatesthen check for any updates available.

you might also change the time zone if you not living in the US, so click on time zone and change it to your desired country time zone.time zone
And that's it folks, once you updated your server and done these settings, your server is ready for action.

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