Unable to install with domain suffixes .net, .corp, .com, .org etc

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Symptoms


Unable to clean install with domain suffix .net, .corp, .com, .org etc in the Windows Server 2012 Essentials installation wizard.

Cause


This is by design to simplify user experiences.

Resolution


The workaround is to create an answer file and use it at the time of clean install.

To create an answer file:
  1. Open basic editor (eg – Notepad).
  2. Paste the below text and fill the values as per the requirement.
    [InitialConfiguration]
    Keyboard=0409:00000409
    AcceptEula=true
    CompanyName=
    ServerName=
    NetbiosName=<contoso>
    DNSName=<contoso.corp>
    UserName=
    PlainTextPassword=
    StdUserName=
    StdUserPlainTextPassword=
    Settings=None
    EnableRWA=false
    IPv4DNSForwarder=
    IPv6DNSForwarder=
  3. Save the file as cfg.ini
  4. Copy this file to a USB thumb drive or root of any drive other than A: or B:


More Information


To know more about cfg.ini click here