Installing Microsoft Windows to Kimsufi (www.kimsufi.com) Dedicated Servers, 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 Kimsufi’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
- SSH Client (Putty is an excellent choice)
- Kimsufi Dedicated Server
- Remote Desktop Client (RDP) – “Remote Desktop” Client is built into all Windows Operating Systems
- Log into your Kimsufi Control Panel
- Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to your server list (At the top left of the screen)
- Choose “Manage” to the right of your dedicated server in the list.
- Choose “Netboot”
- Choose “Rescue” and select “rescue64-pro” from the drop down menu and click “Next”.
- Choose “Restart” then click “Confirm”.
- Your server is now being restarted and will shortly boot into Kimsufi’s rescue mode.
- Once the server has been rebooted you will receive your SSH login details via email for the rescue system. 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.
- 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.
- Start Putty
- At the prompt you will need to enter the following command:
- 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.
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