Because a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 can have a wide array of devices, it can sometimes be a challenge to make all devices operate correctly, especially because servers often have nonstandard hardware that may require you to manually install or update device drivers.

Device drivers are programs that control a device. You can think of them as a translator between the device and the operating system and programs that use the device. Programmers write code that accesses generic commands, such as sending sound, and the device driver will translate those generic commands to specific commands understood by the device, such as a specific sound card. Although Windows Server 2008 R2 includes many drivers (built-in or included on the installation DVD), some drivers come with the device. Because these drivers are software, there may be times when you need to go to the manufacturer’s Web site to retrieve newer drivers (although sometimes older drivers work better than newer drivers) or download them through Microsoft’s updates.
To prevent you from constantly inserting the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation DVD,
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes a driver store with an extensive library of device drivers. Drivers will be located in the C:WindowsSystem32DriverStore. In the DriverStore folder, you will find subfolders with located driver information such as en-US for U.S. English, which will have hundreds of different drivers. When you add a hardware device, Windows can check the Driver Store for the correct driver.

Understanding Plug and Play Devices

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Understanding Signed Drivers

What are signed drivers? The signed drivers are device drivers that include a digital signature, which is an electronic security ...
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Using Devices and Printers

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Using Device Manager

What is device manager? Device Manager provides you with a graphical view of the hardware (internal and external) that is ...
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This lesson is a part of Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 chapter from 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Prep course. More lessons in this chapter are

Performing Initial Configuration Tasks

Because configuring Windows servers can be time consuming, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include Initial Configuration Tasks ...
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Using the Control Panel

As with previous versions of Windows, the main graphical utility to configure the Windows environment and hardware devices is the ...
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Configuring IP Address Settings

For a server to serve other clients, it will need connect to and communicate over the network. Therefore, you need ...
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Managing Devices and Device Drivers

Because a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 can have a wide array of devices, it can sometimes be a ...
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Using Microsoft Management Console and Administrative Tools

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is one of the primary administrative tools used to manage Windows and many of the ...
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The Practice tests included in this course are:

98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 1

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 2

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 2 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 5

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 5 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 4

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 4 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 3

Instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 3 This page shows the instructions for 98-365 Windows Server Administration ...
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