Because configuring Windows servers can be time consuming, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include Initial Configuration Tasks that automatically launch when you first log on to Windows after an installation. With the Initial Configuration Tasks, you can activate Windows, set the time zone, configure networks, provide computer name and domain, update Windows, add roles and features, enable remote desktop, and configure the Windows Firewall.

Although Initial Configuration Tasks can be accessed within the Control Panel, because it launches automatically it acts as a reminder and a quick method to access key options so that you can quickly get your Windows server up and running with minimal effort. See Figure 1. The Initial Configuration Tasks will appear every time you log on until you select “Do not show this window at logon” at the bottom of the window.

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Figure 1 Initial Configuration Tasks

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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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 1

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 2

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 5

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 4

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98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Practice Test 3

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