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You can also convert a "normal" Windows Server 2003 non-R2
Standard or Enterprise installation to Windows Server 2003 Appliance Edition
by installing the Server Appliance Kit 3.0. This is not easy to find, but here it is:
http://microsoft.download-ss.com/ESP/do ... SS2003.zip
Inside the zip archive, you'll find the files for the SAK 3.0. SaSetup30.msi installs it. You can do the conversion to Appliance Edition, according to the manual, by running the oemtools\saprep.exe (in the folder you extracted the archive into) like this:
and rebooting. Adding the "-L" switch to the command will lock down the OS so that certain services can't be run on it.
I've not tried this yet, but I will.
Edit and Update
I tried it with a Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition install and it didn't work, but it worked just fine with a non-R2 install. So if you have a trial kit/version that includes R2, don't install it. --> When the Server 2003 setup finishes and it prompts you to insert the CD 2 to install R2, click "Cancel" and you're good to go. Here are the steps to convert to Appliance Edition:
1) Install Windows Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise without R2 (I think it doesn't matter if a service pack is integrated or not).
2) Using the "Add or Remove Windows Components" Wizard, install IIS. This is required for the SAK.
3) Download the SAK 3.0 from the link above, extract it to a folder and launch the SaSetup30.msi file to start the SAK 3.0 installation.
4) Install SAK, selecting "Custom" as the server/appliance role and then, in the next screen, adding the "Local UI" component which is not installed by default. This might be important as it could mean that disabling it will disable the local console (keyboard, mouse, display). So, just add it and you're fine. In short, install everything except of "Language support" or whatever it's called. See the screenshot for details.
5) After the SAK has been installed, the machine should be rebooted. After that, we can do the actual conversion. Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where you extracted the SAK30 archive to. In the oemtools
folder, there'll be the file saprep.exe
* To just convert to Appliance Edition, enter:
* To convert and lock down (disable some services and applications like an SQL Server), enter:
See the screenshot for details.
The system will reboot (maybe twice, that's okay), and then, you'll have a Windows Server 2003 Appliance Edition.
Converting and locking down
Installing the SAK (remember to select "Local UI" which is disabled as shown here)