Getting started with Windows Server 2012
Posted on 2015-01-25
We need to set up a new server to run Kaseya. The server we now have running Kaseya is very old, running Server 2003.
With the exception of the Server 2003 software that I somehow set up years ago, I know almost nothing about Windows Server. But now that I need to upgrade our hardware and software, I am going with the recommended Server 2012. Kaseya tech support has told me that all I need is Server 2012 standard edition, and no CALs are needed. So, to reduce costs, I bought Microsoft's product P73-06165, which is described online as "Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 DSP-OEM with DVD X64-Bit 2CPU-2VM, NO CAL's".
Will this version work for my purpose?
I installed it and it seems to look like a normal desktop, etc. I have not yet moved forward with the Kaseya server software installation, but I ran into this issue that seems strange to me: If I restart or cycle the power on the new server computer, the Server 2012 software will not come up and run unless I have the software CD in the drive. I have multiple reasons to believe that it is not RUNNING from the CD, yet if I start up the computer without the CD in the drive, it just hangs on a black screen with a flashing cursor, and never goes to the Windows Server 2012 login screen. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? TIA