Tutorials How to finalise your Windows Server deployment

How to finalise your Windows Server deployment

Creating a new Windows Server on UpCloud will require you to perform a quick setup after the initial deployment before you can log in to it using Remote Desktop Connection. Here is a quick run through on how to get this done.

Setup using the web console

Once the server has been created, you’ll first need to set it up using the web console found in your UpCloud control panel. Open your server settings by clicking your server name, move to the Console tab, then click Open the console connection button.

Console connection

If the server has just been created, file system checks might still be running when you open the console. Soon after, you will be greeted by the localisation settings.

Windows Settings

Choose the country, language, and keyboard layout that best suit you and your server’s intended usage. Country and region should be the one where your server will be used in, not necessarily the physical location of the service area. The keyboard layout option should be selected according to your own physical keyboard for the best usability later on.

Once you’ve made the selections, use the click the Next button to confirm the settings.

Changing to Remote Desktop Connection

When the setup is done, you will land on the Windows login screen. From here on out you can close the web console and use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection instead. Log in using the user Administrator and the password you received via email or SMS.

RDC is a built-in feature on most versions of Windows and can be found in your start menu.

A version of the Remote Desktop is also available for macOS at the Mac App Store.

Linux has many options for open source applications that employ the Remote Desktop Protocol, for example, rdesktop or Remmina.

Windows IPv6 Compatibility

If you wish to use IPv6 connectivity and have created an IPv6 address for the server, you must disable IPv6 address randomization. While logged in with RDC, open the command prompt or Power Shell and execute the following commands:

netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=active 
netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=persistent 
netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=active 
netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=persistent

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