Installing the Beta Release of Windows Server 2008 R2


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Oct 31, 2009
This document provides information about installing this beta release of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, including any known issues that you may need to work around before starting an installation. It also provides information that you can use to troubleshoot problems that may occur during the installation.
Setup works in several stages. You will be prompted for some basic information, and then Setup will copy files and restart the computer. Setup concludes by presenting a menu for Initial Configuration Tasks, which you can use to configure your server for your specific needs.
Preinstallation information

System requirements

The following are estimated system requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2. If your computer has less than the "minimum" requirements, you will not be able to install this product correctly. Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you install.

Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of processor cores and the size of the processor cache. The following are the processor requirements for this product:

  • Minimum: 1 GHz (for x86 processors) or 1.4 GHz (for x64 processors)
  • Recommended: 2 GHz or faster

    Note An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems.


The following are the estimated RAM requirements for this product:

  • Minimum: 512 MB
  • Recommended: 2 GB or more
  • Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard) or 64 GB (for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter)
  • Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard) or 2 TB (for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, or Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems).

Disk space requirements

The following are the approximate estimated disk space requirements for the system partition. Itanium-based and x64-based operating systems will vary from these estimates. Additional disk space may be required if you install the system over a network.

  • Minimum: 10 GB
  • Recommended: 40 GB or more

    Note Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files.

Other requirements

  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Keyboard and Microsoft mouse (or other compatible pointing device)

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