When installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a laptop, it’s often useful to make use of the Wireless networking – usually quickly picked up by Windows 7 – but needing some config to get it working for Windows Server 2008.
It makes sense I guess, you wouldn’t normally have a SERVER that requires a wireless connection – hence, it’s OFF by default.
Wireless LAN Service
To kick-start the WiFi in Windows Server 2008, just follow these steps :
- Open the Features list
- Scroll to the bottom, and choose Wireless LAN Service
After this has been installed, you (may) also need to start the service :
- Open Administrative Tools > Services
- Location the WLAN AutoConfig service
- Make sure it’s set to automatically start
- ….and start it up, if not already running
You should then be able to add a Windows Network connection, and you’ll be online in no time.
This is essential for grabbing updates, and some web surfing – although there are always a multitude of prompts & message boxes – sometimes can be a hassle.
That’s it – too easy, eh ?!?