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Windows Server 2008 R2


Windows 2008 R2

We offer Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 as an Add-on to your Dedicated Root Server at favorable rates.

Ordering Windows Add-on

To run Windows Server 2008 R2 on your server, please order the corresponding Add-on in the Hetzner Robot where you will also find information on terms and conditions.

Following the order, installation is carried out on your server automatically. You will receive notification by email once this has been successfully completed.

Remote Desktop access

Subsequently, it is possible for you to connect to your server with full Administrator rights using a Remote Desktop client. Most Windows variants are delivered with a Remote Desktop (rdp) client, found under Start -> Program -> Accessories. On Linux, please install, for example, the rdesktop package or one of the many alternatives. Windows is delivered with the program mstsc or alternatives such as mRemote or Terminals can be used.

To log in, please use the user name "Administrator" and the password you chose when ordering the Add-on.

Change password with first access

On first-time log in, Windows will ask you to change your initial password. This is for server security reasons. Please choose a good password that is not easy to guess.

Software RAID 1/ Hard disk mirroring

Windows 2008 R2 enables you to join several built-in hard disks into a Software RAID 1 (mirroring), so that in the event of one hard disk failing, all data are still stored on the second hard disk.

When you order a Windows server from us, it is automatically equipped with mirroring for the first two hard disks.

Instructions on how to set up a Software RAID on Windows Server 2008 R2 can be found at: Windows Server 2008 R2 Software RAID

Install Internet Information Server (IIS)

We have compiled a short how-to guide here to enable you to easily install the Internet Information Server (IIS): Windows Server 2008 R2 IIS Installation

Install and use Web Platform Installer

The free Microsoft "Web Platform Installer" enables the installation of simple web applications.

From 17.02.2010, the Web Platform is already pre-installed on installations. This can be found in the Start menu under "All Programs".

Here are instructions on how to install and use: Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Platform Installer

Windows Recovery Environment / Recovery Console

Should the Boot loader or Boot sector need to be repaired or if, for example, a complete backup of previously made backup from backup space needs to be loaded, the Windows Recovery Console (Recovery Environment / RE) is useful.

First, you should order and connect a LARA Console to your server via the Hetzner Robot in order to gain direct access to your server monitor and keyboard. Next, restart your server and select Windows Recovery Environment from the PXE Boot menu which starts Windows RE from the network. As soon as Windos has loaded, a graphical interface will appear with instructions for you to follow.

Should you wish to reload previously made backup from your backup space, please select "System Image Recovery" from the Windows RE menu. Select "Advanced" from the choice of recovery options and specify that you wish to load backup from the network. Then enter your backup space in the following format \\u012345.your-backup.de\backup, replacing "u012345" with your own backup space. Finally, enter the access data for your backup space and the restore can begin.

Frequently asked questions/ FAQs

Forgotten password

If you have forgotten your Administrator password, you can have your password reset via a Support Request in the Hetzner Robot.

Reset service

The behaviour of Windows is such that CTRL+ALT+DEL only triggers the Authentication Dialogue Box. Consequently, the "Send CTRL+ALT+DEL" function of our Reset Service is unfortunately not able to restart the server at this point. A hardware reset should, however, still work as intended.

Windows Update Service

For technical reasons, the Windows Update Service for our Windows Installations is set so that updates can only be downloaded and not installed.

In order to change this, you can adjust the Registry. To start this, enter the command "regedit" in Run Dialogue.

Now set the "AUOptions" key to 5 at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polices\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU".

Now you can adjust the update function in the control panel.

Windows Backup Service

Should the Windows Backup Service (feature) need to be used together with the Backup Account, a user should be set up on the local system, which has the same name as the Backup Account. This user should then be entered as a member into the "Backup Administrators" group.

Use of own licenses

We are taking part in the Microsoft SPLA Program. The Windows License made available to us is thus an SPLA License. The amalgamation of clients´ own Microsoft licenses with the Hetzner SPLA License would have to be put in writing (contract), as the client would have to commission Hetzner to host the product. Furthermore, the deployment of an own Microsoft license would not be possible in every case (eg. for terminal server licenses). In view of the increased administrative time and effort that would be involved therefore, we have chosen not to permit the amalgamation of licenses. Hence, the use of own Microsoft licenses on a Windows operation system leased from us is not possible.

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