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To learn how to use the "Base ServerTemplate for Windows" ServerTemplate to launch a basic Windows 2008/2008R2 server and start developing a custom version.
This tutorial describes the steps for launching a basic Windows server in a cloud and demonstrates how you can start customizing it for your own purposes.
Prerequisite: Requires 'actor' user role privileges in the RightScale account.
In order to securely pass sensitive information to a script at runtime, you can use Credentials as a means of variable substitution. Later in this tutorial you will select these credentials when you define your inputs.
Create the following credentials. For more information on setting up credentials, see Create a New Credential.
Set the following inputs at the deployment level.
|Input Name ||Description ||Example Value |
Set the new password for the local Administrator account. The password must satisfy Window's minimum requirements for a Windows administrator password, otherwise the random password that is generated for you at boot time (located under the server's Info tab,'Initial Admin Password' field) will be used instead. The password should be at least 7 characters long with at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one digit.
When you RDP into the server, you will use this password to log in as the Windows 'Administrator' user.
It's strongly recommended that you use a credential to hide this value. However, anyone who needs to log into the server will need to know the actual value.
Sets the system timezone to the timezone specified, which must be a valid Windows timezone entry. You can find a list of valid examples in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones". Some examples have been provided in the dropdown, which you may override if you do not see your timezone listed.
|text: GMT Standard Time|
Note: If the specified password does not satisfy the minimum requirements for a Windows administrator password, you must use the "Initial Admin Password" (located under the server's Info tab) that is automatically generated for you when you launch an instance. If you want to set up RDP access for a different user than the 'Administrator' user (default), use the ADMIN_ACCOUNT_NAME input to specify a different username and relaunch the server.
If you try to RDP into a server and receive an error message that it's not supported from your computer, import the SYS Regenerate RDP certificate script, which regenerates an updated certificate. Run it as an 'Any Script' on the server and RDP into the instance again. This issue is resolved in the v13 release.
Now that you have an operational server that was launched with the "base" ServerTemplate, you can start customizing the ServerTemplate by either adding new scripts of your own or clone and modifying the existing ones. Since you are using a HEAD version of a ServerTemplate, you can add new scripts as "operational scripts" to the ServerTemplate and instantly test them on the running server.
See Create Custom ServerTemplates for more details.
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