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Oct 09
Windows Server 2012 running on iMac/Bootcamp

Being an IT consultant, I've been thinking about server 2012 for some time. I could always have installed it on my Macbook Pro running inside VMware, but sitting on top of another hypervisor/virtualization layer I would not have been able to utilize the Hyper-V within server 2012 itself (or at least, that's what I get from reading various articles).

So, I finally decided to try and install it on my ~2yo iMac at home, using Apple's Bootcamp. Googling "bootcamp windows server 2012" returned blank, but sifting through some articles about Windows Server 2008R2 installs (like this one) I only got more confused, as it seemed like a problem to (in the article) get the install media running on Bootcamp.

After a while I decided to just give it a shot applying Apple's simple and best practice - just do it:

1. After downloading server ISO, I simply opened Disk Utility, inserted blank DVD and clicked "Burn" - choosing the ISO to burn.

2. Open Boot Camp assistant (Under Applications/Utilities), choose to download Windows support software and to install Windows 7 (never mind the "7"). Partition your hard drive, leaving enough room for both Windows and OSX. Store the Windows software on a USB (~1GB) and make sure you have your server install disc still sitting in the disc drive.

3. Watch as your disk is being partitioned, machine restarts and Windows install starts. I was a bit anxious whether the iMac would pick up my bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but - it just works! :)

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NB! You will have to format the newly creted partition (named BOOTCAMP) before install can proceed.

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4. When Windows installation is complete, insert your USB containing necessary drivers for Windows and your Mac - browse to the first setup.exe you can find under the WindowsSupport folder.

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5. To have Wireless running on your server OS (disabled by default), you will need to go Roles & Features, under Features there will be a choice called Wireless LAN service.

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After some more restarting, you are practically good to go! 

I went on enabling the Hyper-V service as well, and now I can play around some more with Windows 8 OS and potentially some Lync Server 2013 Preview as well - how cool is that??!

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Can't wait to get home and get on with it again!

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