Installing Microsoft Windows onto Kimsufi Dedicated Servers

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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


The Guide


  1. Log into your Kimsufi Control Panel

  2. Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to your server list (At the top left of the screen)

  3. Choose “Manage” to the right of your dedicated server in the list.
  4. Choose “Netboot”
  5. Choose “Rescue” and select “rescue64-pro” from the drop down menu and click “Next”.
  6. Choose “Restart” then click “Confirm”.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. At the prompt you will need to enter the following command:

    sudo -i
  10. 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
    Password: P@ssword64

    The Windows template will be downloaded from a WhatUpTime content mirror and installed automatically to your Droplet. The installation may take several hours depending on your Droplet’s connection to the content mirror.

  11. Navigate back to the Kimsufi control panel web page and select “Netboot” then select “Hard disk” and click “Next”

    Once you have chosen “Hard disk” You will need to choose “Restart” to restart your server. once restarted it will begin booting Windows for the first time; please be patient at the initial boot can take quite a lot of time to complete (10+ minutes depending on the CPU of your server).

  12. You may now log into your server using Remote Desktop (RDP) using the credentials listed above in step #13.

    In the event you unfamiliar with Windows Remote Desktop it is recommended you review Microsoft’s article here on how to use the remote desktop client built into Windows.

    Alternatively you may wish to use Windows Remote Desktop Connection Manager, you can download it for free here.

  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.

    In the event you do not already own a legitimate Microsoft Windows license key you can purchase a legitimate key from members on Reddit, please visit here.
    Installing missing Microsoft Windows drivers using SDI, you can download it for free here.

    Congratulations! You have reached the end of the guide and your server is now running Microsoft Windows!

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