Server 2012 R2 - Post installation checklist

Check out this post to see a checklist which can be used after installing WIndows Server 2012 R2.

Server Configuration Tasks

  • Server Manager > Local Server
  • Enable Remote Desktop
  • Set IP address, gateway and DNS
  • Change Time Zone
  • IE Enhanced Security – Admin: Off; User: On
  • Reboot
  • Change Computer Name, and add a domain suffix, or join to the domain
  • Server Manager > Local Server > Manage > Server Manager Properties
    • Check: Do Not Start Server Manager Automatically at Startup
  • Reboot

Control Panel Tasks

  • Right-click Start > Control Panel > Taskbar and Navigation > Navigation (tab)
    • Check: When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start
    • Check: Search everywhere instead of just my apps…
  • Control Panel > User Accounts > Change User Account Control Settings
  • Control Panel > Power Options > High Performance
    • Change plan settings > Turn off the display > Never
  • Control Panel > Sound
    • Pop-up: “Would you like to enable the Windows Audio Service?” – No
    • Sounds (tab) > Sound Scheme: No Sounds
    • Uncheck: “Play Windows Startup sound”
  • Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced (tab) > Performance Settings
    • Choose: “Adjust for best performance”
  • Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings > Inbound Rules
    • Filter using the File and Print Services Group
    • Enable (Allow) Echo Request ICMPv4-In
    • Enable (Allow) Echo Request ICMPv6-In
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