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.

Additional assistance is available via our community forums.


Tools You Need



The Guide


  1. Log into your Online.net Control Panel

  2. Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to your server list (Login –> Server –> Server List)

  3. Choose “Manage” to the right of your dedicated server in the list.



    online-net-manage-page


  4. Choose “Rescue”

    online-net-manage-page-rescue


  5. Choose “Ubuntu 14.04 amd64” from the drop down menu.

    online-net-rescue-page


  6. Choose “Click Here to Launch Rescue System”.

    online-net-click-here-to-launch-rescue-system


  7. Your server is now being restarted and will shortly boot into Online.net’s rescue mode.

    Please allow up to 10 minutes for your server to restart and boot into the rescue mode. In the event you are unable to access your server using SSH (Point #8 below), please open a support request with Online.net via their website to request assistance.


  8. 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.

    online-net-rescue-information


  9. Now that your server has booted into rescue mode we can connect via SSH using the following steps.

    1. Start Putty

    2. Input your server’s IP address

      putty-input-ip-address


    3. Choose “Open” at the bottom.

      putty-input-choose-open


    4. 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.

      putty-black-window


    5. 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.

      putty-password-1


    6. Once you have entered your username and password you will be successfully logged into the system rescue for your server.

      putty-rescue


  10. At the prompt you will need to enter the following command:
    sudo -i

    Once you have typed in the command, choose “Enter” on your keyboard.


  11. 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.

    putty-sudo


  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    Installing Microsoft Windows onto Online.net Personal Range (XC 2016 & SC 2016)

24 thoughts on “Installing Microsoft Windows onto Online.net Personal Range (XC 2016 & SC 2016)

  • October 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    Credentials don’t work Dedibox XC 2016 – 1TB SATA Amsterdam

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    • October 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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      The credentials above are indeed correct, which template did you install specifically from the mirror links above?

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    • October 21, 2016 at 2:03 am
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      Tampoco me funcionaba y cambie el “Administrador” por “Administrator” y funciono perfecto, espero te sirva, saludos!

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  • October 22, 2016 at 8:22 am
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    Excellent How-To.
    My two XC 2016 were ready really fast !
    Thanks thousand million times !!

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  • October 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm
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    Thanks for the great work
    Can you create a 2008 version as well please
    Thanks

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  • November 3, 2016 at 9:50 am
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    Hi,

    any chance you’d be willing to share your unattend.xml file for Win10 ltsb ?

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    • November 3, 2016 at 11:47 am
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      Hello!

      Presently there isn’t one, the templates are created on an alternative system and then setup to copied onto the end user’s server.

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  • November 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm
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    Thanks for your work!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    “Activate Windows with your license key (Server Manager –> Local Server –> Product ID/Not Activated). ”

    I entered the key and it shows “This edition cannot be upgraded”

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  • December 29, 2016 at 4:23 am
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    Thank you very much, it helps me a lot!
    By the way what should I do for reinstalling the windows? Just repeat this process?

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    • December 29, 2016 at 10:14 am
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      You’re welcome!

      Correct, to re-install Windows you simply perform the exact same steps.

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  • December 31, 2016 at 12:45 am
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    Can we create a backup and restore it on a different server afterwards? If yes how?

    Thank so much for the Tutorial, it helped out alot.

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    • December 31, 2016 at 12:53 am
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      Yes, in theory it would be possible with a bit knowledge and work.

      Please create a thread in our community forums.

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  • February 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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    Hey there,

    please can you make this also for server 2008 r2?

    Would be nice 🙂

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    • February 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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      Please create a thread in our community forums requesting it to be added.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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    Hi,

    The links for the templates are broken.

    Will you be updating these?

    Thank you

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    • February 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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      Yes!

      Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience, we are presently undergoing a small transition which rendered our older mirror links inoperable. You can read more about the transition here.

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  • March 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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    Can you be compatible with packet and internap? I found here in packet and internap’s bare metal can not be used normally.

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    • March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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      Unfortunately I cannot say as I do not have access to either provider at this time.

      Please create a thread in the community forums providing as much details as possible and I will see what we can do to expand compatibility.

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