Installing Microsoft Windows to Online.net’s (www.online.net) Personal Range, specifically XC 2016 and SC 2016, of dedicated server’s 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 Online.net’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)
- Online.net Personal Range Dedicated Server (XC 2016 or SC 2016)
- Remote Desktop Client (RDP) – “Remote Desktop” Client is built into all Windows Operating Systems
- Log into your Online.net Control Panel
- Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to your server list (Login –> Server –> Server List)
- Choose “Manage” to the right of your dedicated server in the list.
- Choose “Rescue”
- Choose “Ubuntu 14.04 amd64” from the drop down menu.
- Choose “Click Here to Launch Rescue System”.
- Your server is now being restarted and will shortly boot into Online.net’s rescue mode.
- Once you have chosen “Click Here to Launch the Rescue System” Online.net’s control panel will load a new web page which includes all the access information for rescue mode. 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.
- Now that your server has booted into rescue mode we can connect via SSH using the following steps.
– 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 the username you will be prompted for a password, here again you will need to navigate to your system rescue page (See point #8 above) and grab the password provided. You will then need to enter the password at the prompt and choose “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:
Once you have typed in the command, choose “Enter” on your keyboard.
- You will now be prompted for a password, here again you will need to navigate to your system rescue page (See point #8 above) and grab the password provided. You will then need to enter the password at the prompt and choose “Enter” on your keyboard.
- You have now successfully connected to the rescue mode for your server and used “sudo” to gain root access allowing for Windows to be installed.
- 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
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
- Navigate back to the Online.net control panel web page where you located your rescue access information (See point #8 above) and choose “Boot in Normal Mode”.
- 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.
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!