Getting Windows Server¶
In order to install Windows Server you need two things, an install image (like a DVD image) and a product key. In this lab you’ll download install media from Microsoft and find a group of product keys that won’t activate Windows but will allow you to do the installation.
Step 1: Get a Windows Server 2016 DVD¶
Windows DVDs are distributed as files. You can download an authentic, legal copy form Microsoft:
Downloading Windows server requires you put in your name and email address. I have an evaluation DVD available at the link below if you would rather not give that information:
The download may take some time depending on your internet connection.
Step 2: Get Temporary License Keys (Optional)¶
There are license keys that will allow installation to proceed but will not activate Windows. You can find those keys on Microsoft’s website:
Depending on the ISO you may be able to install without a key. If it forces you to use one you can use one of the keys on this page.