Unattend.xml Windows installation
Did you ever search on howto install Windows onto a dedicated server which does not come with an install Windows option by default? Howto install Windows on a dedicated server then? Well, here comes the trick. There are plenty low end dedicated server offers on the market, for example the OVH Kimsufi brand. The only choice of OS for these super cheap servers however is limited to Linux. Years ago OVH used to let the customer choose between a Linux and a Windows installation in combination with own Windows licences, however this is not an option any more and so you’re limited to stock Linux by default.
Getting Windows onto a remote dedicated server
Due to the fact that OVH and its competitors offer a Linux based rescue system to its customers, there is still a chance to get Windows onto your server. These so called ‘rescue consoles’ can also be found on Hetzner and other competitors in the hosting market. Booting into a rescue system gets your hard drive essentially mounted inside the Linux Live system. This lets you perform analysis, diagnostics and methods to troubleshoot any upcoming problems with your dedicated server.
As the rescue system system permits to directly write onto the servers internal hard drive we can use this method to deploy a previosly prepare disc dump (dd) onto the target server over the internet. When it comes to installing Windows, combined with an unattend.xml file, a sysprepped Windows is enough to deploy more or less any kind of Windows based OS you want on your dedicated server. Administration will be easily done via Remote Desktop. Basically you copy a fresh Windows from one hard drive onto another.
At this point we do not want to give you a tutorial on howto prepare a Windows (we’ll offer you these later on). Instead we’d like to offer those who are looking for clean, sysprepped Windows images a pretty neat way to install Windows on Kimsufi, Hetzner, SoYouStart, Online.net and many other dedicated servers via the rescue console. Further informations on howto copy the images right onto your servers are explained in our new Windows Sysprep Images section on this website.
Available Windows Sysprep Images
Right from the start we’d like to offer free images for the following languages and operating systems
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (English)
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (German)
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (Italian)
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (Spanish)
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (Russian)
- Windows Server 2012R2 – Standard (French)
More images will be available on request. You may find these images in our new section for Windows Sysprep Images.