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I'm curious to know what folks standard post-installation checklist looks like for Windows Server 2008. I'm creating a virtual instance of 2k8 to use a base for other VMs in our test environment, so I want a clean, generic image to start them off with.

For example, the first thing I do is create C:\Utils, add it to the path, and put process explorer in there.

I'll also disable IPv6 on the NICs.

What other things to you do on all your servers?

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  • Static IP
  • DNS Entry
  • Windows Updates (GP to WSUS server)
  • Enable Remote Desktop on non-standard port
  • Enable Firewall Rules (allow file sharing, rmeote desktop, etc)
  • Install AV
  • Join domain, move to correct OU & add in a description into AD U&C
  • Install backup software
  • Add server into monitoring software
  • BGInfo
  • Add to inventory spreadsheet
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I'd say that applies to any server... substituting MS technology for the appropriate term on the appropriate stack ;) – Nate Jul 21 '10 at 15:58
Sorry for coming back to this so late, but thanks. – Mike Forman Oct 4 '10 at 21:00

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