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Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

By default, Windows Server 2012 protects against attacks via the browser by greatly limiting the browsers’ possibilities. This is useful for servers, however if you want to use it for normal web browsing, it is desired to turn this security feature off.

To turn this feature off, open the Server Manager, select Local Server in the left pane and click at the On link behind the IE Enhanced Configuration setting in the PROPERTIES section. Next, switch the setting to Off for both Administrators and Users to disable it for both user groups. Save the changed values by clicking OK.

Disable IE Enhanced Security


Continue to set performance for Applications…


To automate the whole process of converting Windows Server 2012 to a Workstation, order neige and his team The Horsemen created a converter application.

The download link and more information about the development can be found at the forum: MICROSOFT SERVER CONVERTER 2012.

Disable Strong Password Enforcement and Password Aging

By default Microsoft Windows Server 2012 enforces users in the Administrators group to use strong passwords. Home users often just want to create their own passwords or leave them blank.

1. Open the Start screen and click the Administrative Tools icon.
Administrative Tools at Start screen

2. In Administrative Tools folder, pharmacy double click the Local Security Policy icon, recipe expand Account Policies and click Password Policy. In the right pane double click Password must meet complexity requirements and set it to Disabled. Click OK to save your policy change.
Disable password complexity requirements

3. Optionally you can also choose to never let passwords expire. To do this open the Maximum password age policy and set set the value to 0. Click OK to apply the change.
Disable password aging


Continue to disable the Shutdown Event Tracker…


Windows Server 2012 comes into 2 different editions (Datacenter, pilule Standard) on MSDN/TechNet installation DVD. The evaluation DVD can be downloaded via the TechNet Evaluation Center. You can burn this .iso file using for example ImgBurn. After burning the DVD follow the installation steps below.

1. Boot up your Windows Server 2012 dvd. After you see the screen below, click choose the appropriate settings and click Next.
Main installation screen

2. At the next screen just click the Install now button.
Start Installation

3. Select the version of Windows Server 2012 that says Full Installation. Don’t select one of the Server Core Installation’s, because then you won’t have a GUI 😉
Choose Edition

4. If you agree to the license terms, check I accept the license terms and click Next.
License terms

5. We will use the Custom (advanced) in this manual which allows us to install a clean Windows Server 2012. The Upgrade option can be used to upgrade from Windows Server 2012.
Installation Type

6. Select the harddisk and partition where you want to install Windows Server 2012 and click Next.
Installation location

7. Now Windows Server 2012 setup will install the selected version to your harddrive.
Copying files Automatically restarting Finishing installation

8. After the installation has finished you will be asked to enter a password for the built-in Administrator account. You MUST type in a strong password with at least one capital letter and one number, for example P4ssword (capital P/number four), otherwise you will get an error message saying that your password does not meet the password complexity requirements. You can disable this strong password enforcement later. Click Finish to apply the new password.
Set a password

9. The installation will now apply the settings whereafter the Windows Server 2012 lock screen shows up. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination and enter your password.
Windows Server 2012 Lock Screen Log in with the password you just chose

10. In the Server Manager click Manage in the upper right, choose Server Manager Properties and check Do not show me this console at logon to not show the Server Manager at start-up. You can access the Server Manager later via the the shortcut in your pinned items bar or Start screen.
Server Manager


Continue to the installation of the Device Drivers…