Installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials (Part 2)

Once satisfied, click OK and then click Next.  This will bring you to the Company information screen where you will enter your Company name (or “home” name), and the Server name that will allow it to be identified as a unique entity on your internal network.  Please note that these settings cannot be changed once entered, so choose wisely!

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There are some restrictions regarding the names you can choose for your company, domain and server. Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Can be up to 254 characters long.
  • Can be up to 15 characters long
  • Can contain letters, numbers, and hyphens (-)
  • Must not start with a hyphen
  • Must not contain any spaces
  • Must not contain only numbers
  • Can be up to 15 characters long
  • Can contain letters, numbers and hyphens (-)
  • Must not start with a hyphen
  • Must not contain any spaces
  • Must not contain only numbers

Note the Set Full DNS Name link in the panel. Previous releases of Windows Server Essentials automatically configure the full DNS name as the domain you selected with a .local extension. That may be fine for you, but if not, you’d be hitting PowerShell to change it. In Windows Server 2016 Essentials, clicking the Set Full DNS Name link adds a step to the configuration wizard, allowing you to amend the setting before it’s locked in. Note that this is strictly an optional step, however, to be used if you’re unhappy mirroring the domain name with the Full DNS Name.

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In the next screen, Create a network administrator account, you will be asked to supply an Administrator account name and password. I know, you thought you’d just configured an Administrator account, right? This is a second administrator account, used to manage the server network.

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When choosing the Administrator account name, for security I’d always recommend being a bit more creative than simply going for “Administrator” as indicated below. Indeed, as that account name has already been used, you’ll find it’s blocked.

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In the next screen, Update settings, I would suggest that you use the recommended settings.  If desired, you can choose to delay the decision while you consider the options.

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Once you have chosen an option, click Configure to start the final stage of server setup.

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The computer will reboot once again and automatically sign back in to continue the configuration. That’s new – previously, you’d have to sign in manually at each reboot to continue configuration. It means you can happily head off for that cup of coffee without your server configuration grinding to a halt.

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You will have to sign in, however, when configuration is complete.

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The operating system configuration is complete!

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Join me in Part 3 of our guide to installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials, when we take a look at configuring the Dashboard.

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  1. Thanks for a great tutorial, I am new to server setup and this has been a great help. I am unable to find part 3 of the tutorial and wondered where the link is for it ?

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