How to install windows 2003 server

Posted on 2006-04-06
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have the msdn iso images dvd which contains:
windows server 2003 Enterprise Edition with SPI for Itanium-base systems

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with SP1 for Itanium-based Systmes - Check/Debug Build

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition

It also has Check/Debug Build:
Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition
Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2003 r2 Standard x64 Edition

How do I install it on my computer?  Which one of the
above items do I install?  I would like to install the operating system on my stand alone machine.

Thank you.
Question by:swansonplace
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi swansonplace,

    you will need to burn the ISO image onto a cd and then boot from it

    i personally would choose the 2k3 R2 Enterprise because you can but the standard R2 image will be fine

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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    None of those are truly appropriate if you just want to play with the OS - Itanium systems are rare and hugely expensive.  If you had one, you WOULD know you had one and could use those.  The x64 edition is appropriate only from Xeon, AMD 64bit systems, and recent intel CPUs that support 64bit extensions.

    The debug check build is only appropriate if you are programming and need to try to determine what's crashing your system - perhaps you have poorly written a device driver - these builds will help you determine this.  Otherwise, using them, will likely prove to be slower than the regular retail builds.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Though I agree - you need to burn the ISO images to a CD to install them - assuming you want to install any of them.

    Author Comment

    Thank you for the help.  I will go with the Windows Server 2003 r2 Enterprise Edition.


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