Section 2.1: Installing New Hardware
Installing a new device to a Windows Server 2003 computer typically involves physically connecting the device to the computer; loading the appropriate device drivers; and configuring the device properties and settings if required.
When you install a Plug and Play device, Windows Server 2003 automatically configures the device so that it works properly with the other devices that are already installed on the computer. This includes assigning the appropriate system resources, such as Interrupt Request (IRQ) line number, Direct Memory Access (DMA) channels, Input/Output (I/O) port addresses and Memory Address ranges, to the device. Each device must be assigned a unique system resource or the device will not function properly. When you install a non-Plug and Play, or a legacy device, you must use the Add/Remove Hardware Wizard. If Windows Server 2003 does not detect the device you must configure the system resources for the device manually. You can assign system resources to the device in Device Manager.