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Guidance with Win Server 2012 install

It has been a rough week.  Tomorrow, I need to set up a Windows Server 2012 for a client.  I need to install it to the point where one of their support companies can connect remotely to it.

I have installed a 2008 Foundation server once, but I am a little apprehensive for this one, as I need to do well on this one.

So if anyone can point me in the right direction as to how I should proceed I would greatly appreciate it.  I have been looking through all of Microsoft's and Dell's pages concerning it, but I don't seem to be able to find a step by step guide.  I know the basics, but I just would like something to verify that I am doing it correctly.

I will not be installing Active Directory as I am not familiar with it and it was a pain trying to do it with the 2008 foundation server previously.  If I remember correctly, it can be added later, so the other company can do it if they wish.  Please correct me if I am wrong on this.

Thanks in advance for this.
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Additional information:  this server is replacing a Win 2003 server that working in tandem with a terminal server.  The terminal server is still working.  The client asked me if they still needed the terminal server.  I assume they should still use it and just use this server as the application server.  The server is only used for remote vpn connections to run custom software and also the usual office applications.
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Why don't you install it in a virtual machine and ask questions based on that experience.  I consider it easy but I've been installing Windows systems for years.  

Hyper-V is available in Win8, Virtual Box is free.  VMWare player is free - you have plenty of options to setup VMs and test.
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