The scenarios described in this step-by-step guide include initial server configuration tasks as well as deployment, management, and removal of server roles and features.Before using Server Manager, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the functions, terminology, requirements, and day-to-day management tasks of any roles you plan to install on your server.If a problem occurs during startup, the system might have incompatible software or drivers, incompatible or improperly configured hardware, or corrupted system files.The startup process for x64-based computers is the same as that of x86-based computers.For information on how to obtain the Windows XP Professional Resource Kit in its entirety, please see Related Information Understanding the Startup Process Recovering from Hardware-Related Problems Additional Resources To diagnose and correct a startup problem, you need to understand what occurs during startup.
In x86-based systems, startup failures that occur before the operating system loader (Ntldr) starts could indicate missing or deleted files, or it could indicate damage to the hard disk master boot record (MBR), partition table, or boot sector.
Diagnosing and correcting hardware and software problems that affect the startup process is an important troubleshooting skill.
Resolving startup issues requires a clear understanding of the startup process and core operating system components.
After Windows Server 2008 Setup is finished, an administrator logs on to the server for the first time, and the Initial Configuration Tasks window automatically opens.
The administrator completes configuration of the new server by using commands in the Initial Configuration Tasks window.