Installing Microsoft Windows to Kimsufi (www.kimsufi.com) Dedicated Servers, is impossible using conventional methods due to the lack of a KVM console with video output, however Windows can still be installed!
We, the volunteers here at WhatUpTime, has built special templates allowing Windows to be installed via Kimsufi’s rescue system; their rescue system is included with all of their servers.
The guide below will walk you through the entire process, from beginning to end. Once you have reached the end of the guide your server will be successfully running Microsoft Windows Operating System.
Tools You Need
- SSH Client (Putty is an excellent choice)
- Kimsufi Dedicated Server
- Remote Desktop Client (RDP) – “Remote Desktop” Client is built into all Windows Operating Systems
- Log into your Kimsufi Control Panel
- Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to your server list (At the top left of the screen)
- Choose “Manage” to the right of your dedicated server in the list.
- Choose “Netboot”
- Choose “Rescue” and select “rescue64-pro” from the drop down menu and click “Next”.
- Choose “Restart” then click “Confirm”.
- Your server is now being restarted and will shortly boot into Kimsufi’s rescue mode. Please allow up to 10 minutes for your server to restart and boot into the rescue mode.
- Once the server has been rebooted you will receive your SSH login details via email for the rescue system. You will access rescue mode for your server via SSH (Putty is an excellent SSH client); the guide will detail how to connect in the steps below.
– Start Putty
– Input your server’s IP address
– Choose “Open” at the bottom
– Once you chose “Open” Putty will transform into a new, all black Window. At the very top left of the window you will find the prompt “Login as:”; here you will need to input the username provided on the system rescue page (See point #8 above) and hit “Enter” on your keyboard.– Once you have entered your username and password you will be successfully logged into the system rescue for your server.
- At the prompt you will need to enter the following command:
- To begin the Windows installation you will need to input the following command into your SSH client. Please ensure the command matches perfectly otherwise your installation will likely fail.
– Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_10_Enterprise_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_10_Enterprise_LTSB_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_Server_2012_R2_Standard_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_Server_2012_R2_Datacenter_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_Server_2016_Standard_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Evaluation, 64-bit
wget -O- http://mirror.whatuptime.com/cer5w2631/releases/Microsoft_Windows_Server_2016_Datacenter_Evaluation_64-bit_US_English.gz | gunzip | dd of=/dev/sda
Username: Administrator or WhatUpTime.com
- Navigate back to the Kimsufi control panel web page and select “Netboot” then select “Hard disk” and click “Next”
- You may now log into your server using Remote Desktop (RDP) using the credentials listed above in step #13.
- Once you have logged into your server via Remote Desktop there are two additional steps you should take immediately to ensure your server is secure.
– Change the password for the “Administrator / WhatUpTime.com” account; a guide on how to change a password can be found here.
– Install all of the latest updates for Microsoft Windows.
– Activate Windows with your license key.