Installing Windows Server 2008 x64 editions over a network

This section describes how to install Windows Server 2008 x64 editions over a network share from CD or DVD.

Before you begin

To complete this process you will need the following resources:
Note: When working with a ServeRAID-SCSI controller, separate media are required for RAID configuration and x64 operating system installation. See Known problems and limitations for more information.

About this task

Create and deploy a Windows Server 2008 x64 installation image by following these steps:


  1. Label the blank disc and insert it into the appropriate R/W drive of the source server.
  2. Set the Windows product key by using the variable TK_NOS_ProductKey in the .ini file for the Windows Server 2008 edition you are deploying. You can also set the product key by customizing the answer file for the appropriate edition, for example: sgshare\sgdeploy\SGTKWinPE\AnswerFiles\win2008_x64_EE.xml
  3. Open a command prompt and change directory to sgshare\sgdeploy\SGTKWinPE.
  4. Run the SGTKWinPE.cmd command by using the provided .ini file that corresponds to the version of the operating system you are deploying (refer to the following table for the .ini files and their corresponding Windows versions).
    Windows edition INI file ISO image
    Windows Server 2008 DataCenter Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_DE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_DE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_EE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_EE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_SE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_SE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 Web Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_WE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_WE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V DataCenter Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_DE_no_hv.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_DE_no_hv\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V Enterprise Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_EE_no_hv.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_EE_no_hv\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V Standard Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_SE_no_hv.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_x64_SE_no_hv\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_R2_x64_DE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_R2_x64_DE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_R2_x64_EE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_R2_x64_EE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_R2_x64_SE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_R2_x64_SE\WinPE_x64.iso
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_R2_x64_WE.ini sgdeploy\WinPE_ScenarioOutput\Network_Win2008_R2_x64_WE\WinPE_x64.iso
    SGTKWinPE.CMD ScenarioINIs\Network\Win2008_x64_version.ini. The Windows PE ISO image is created in the output directory that corresponds to your Windows version. Your DVD creation software is started to create a bootable disc using the ISO image.
  5. Follow the instructions in your media creation software to complete the disc.
  6. Boot the target system by using the created disc, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the deployment.